“The dinner table is the center for the teaching and practicing not just of table manners but of conversation, consideration, tolerance, family feeling, and just about all other accomplishments of polite society except the minuet.” – Judith Martin
The holiday season is upon us and with that comes numerous family dinners. Back when I was growing up sitting down at the table and having dinner was the norm. I could expect a home cooked meal from my mother and a good laugh when my father and siblings would tell stories. A family dinner is one of those moments everyone could look forward to at the end of a long day.
As you go about your week make a point to put your phone away before dinner and encourage your family members to do the same. You never know what new memories are waiting to be made at the dinner table.
Nowadays family dinners have changed. With the introduction of smart phones more and more family dinners are interrupted by text chimes and the tapping of a phones’ keyboard. Instead of conversations being held with family members people are talking to their friends online and the fellowship amongst family members falls to the wayside. Since parents and kids alike are on their phones so often it can be forgotten how important it is to put your phones down during dinner.
Family dinners provide an opportunity to strengthen family relationships as dinner can be one of the only times a family is together in one place, especially during a time as busy as the holidays. Dinner time also fosters deeper connections with your family members as you find out what has been happening in their week through long conversations. When a phone comes into the mix there is automatically a barrier between you and your family members as you’re paying attention to emails and tweets more than the people in front of you.