There was once a time when most families in America gathered together each night to eat dinner together. There was no distractions from TV, cell phones, or anything else. It was an hour or so when the family could sit down together and talk about the day and get to know each other better.
Today, everyone seems to have such busy lives. I’ve met many people who claim to never eat together as a family, or if they do, it’s over an expensive meal at a restaurant. Regular family dinners are becoming a thing of the past. Many places we looked at when we were looking for our last house didn’t even have a place for a table at all.
So, my tip for today is this. If you want your family to be closer, insist on family dinners. Yes, it takes more work on the part of the cook, and yes it can be hard, especially if it’s not a routine thing. But it will be SO worth it. You will see your family grow closer.
One hard thing about starting family dinners if your family is not used to them is conversation. Many kids (and adults) have become so conducting all conversations via text and Facebook that it can be hard to remember how to actually have real conversation. That is another EXCELLENT reason to hold family dinners – to teach your children how to hold real conversations.
One way to help combat that conversation problem is to ban all cellphones at the table. Yes, your children (and possibly your spouse) will not like this idea, but it’s SO good to unplug once in awhile and enjoy the people you’re around. Have conversation cards if you need to. Keep your pockets full of ideas of things to talk about to keep the conversation going. It might take a little while, but you will get there.
What do you do to make your family dinners a pleasant experience?Share