Quality Time At The Family Dinner Table

by Lori

Family Eating Together At Dinner Table

Want more quality time with your family? Are you feeling disconnected? Do you feel like you don't know what is going on with you kids or spouse?   How do you even start to change this, to get the family working as a unit again?

The dinner table is a great place to start.  Push that image of June Cleaver out of your mind, that isn't how it needs to be.  The important thing is the quality time spent with the family.  Studies show that kids who dine with their families are healthier, happier and better students

Have the picture in your mind?  The whole family around the dinner table talking. Are you already doing this?   If not, why?  Start to think about how you can shift things, change schedules to make sure it happens…every night.  If dinner time is an impossibility what about breakfast?  Find a time that can work consistently so everyone in the family can come to depend on it.

This family time is an extremely important time for communicating with each other and teaching our kids.  Practicing good table manners is just a small part of it.  Read the list on this article from WebMD on 10 Benefits Of Family Dinners.

Not sure what to talk about?  Start with how your day was.  Share the ups and downs; a challenge and how it was resolved.  Have everyone take a turn telling about their day.  Have each person say one good and one bad thing that happened that day.  Use that information to expand the conversation and discuss how you or your kids handled those events.

Make this time special by setting the table and bringing all the food to the table.  Banish all cell phones and turn the tv off.  Consider lighting candles and putting on music, this sets a really nice mood and atmosphere.  The dinner table can be a great place for the family to come together and relax at the end of the day.

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  • stephanie

    Great article We eat dinner together a lot but at this age (3 & 1) it’s more like a zoo. Can’t wait to have more meaningful conversations … tho they are pretty funny now!

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  • Nina Nevermind

    But I like June Cleaver! I want to be June Cleaver… in yoga pants and a tee-shirt though. :)

    • http://lorithayer.com Lori Thayer

      Good for you. I think most of us are overwhelmed and feel we can’t be “perfect” like June. I want to try to break the ideas out for people.
      1st step is getting everyone to sit down together for dinner and then we’ll more on to improving the meal, etc. (Breaking the “being June Cleaver” into manageable pieces! :D

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    Hey there! I am your newest follower from the weekend blog hop (I am one of the hosts!)!! I am trying to play catch up on all the people to follow! I agree that dinner together is the best thing! We do it every day :)
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  • Jeannette

    Family dinner is one of my favorite times of the day. I love it! Looking forward to reading more of your blog.

    Thank you for joining us for the Finding New Friends Weekend Blog Hop. I’m now following you! Please remember to join us again next Friday to find great new blogs and make new bloggy friends!

    Jeannette
    http://www.myadventureinmommyhood.blogspot.com

  • Greenacremama

    Happy Saturday! great post it is so true. I am a new follower from the blog hop and I look forward to following your blog!…Hope u can come by for a visit! http://adventuresatgreenacre.blogspot.com

  • Emily Stevenson

    I love these ideas, I will try these with my kids during these cold winter months at home. Thanks for sharing these ideas and for promoting the family friendly lifestyle! I also blog about kid’s, families, and ideas for fun together at http://www.forevertogetherfamily.blogspot.com if you are interested.

    Thanks for all you do, you are an inspiration. Take care!

    Emily

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