All cultures and religions celebrate by gathering around a table. The table is a place to laugh, rejoice, and connect with others. Think of the shape of tables. Tables are a closed shape. They are designed to gather around. Whether round, square or rectangular the table is designed to be able to see the faces of family and friends while enjoying a good meal.
You make time to gather around the table to celebrate birthdays and holidays but months can go by and the family dining table hasn’t been used. Dust gathers on the dining table instead of family and friends. Eating happens on the go or while standing up or in the car. Don’t you deserve a nice meal while connecting with loved ones at the end of the day? Sometimes it helps to be reminded of why making the effort to connect with family and friends is important. It is nearly impossible to gather as a family around the table for every meal but by being aware of the benefits you can begin to make gathering around your family table occur more often. These are just a few of the reasons you should try:
- It creates a time for conversation. Putting phones away and checking in with your family allows a child to learn conversational skills.
- It is a time to encourage your child to share feelings and details about his/her life. This helps him/her understand that his/her feelings are important and that they matter.
- It creates an opportunity to make family decisions together. You can plan your next vacation or solve a problem that needs to be addressed.
- It is an opportunity to teach your child manners (free resource) or try Emily Post’s Etiquette, 19th Edition: Manners for Today (Emily’s Post’s Etiquette). Every home should have a wonderful resource like this one.
- It encourages healthy eating habits. (In my family we have a tendency to eat too fast. Eating at the table while making conversation helps us to eat more slowly.)
- It helps you be aware of what you are eating and how much you are eating. Is your plate well balanced with proteins, vegetables and grains? Do you always get a second helping?
- It is an opportunity to invite your child’s friends to the table and have conversations with them too.
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