Do you think its important to have dinner as a family as we did back in the 60's growing up?
Where is your favorite place to have dinner at home? at the table or in the easy chair or other comfy chair?
I think it's very important to have dinner as a family (even if you're only 2!) round the table, with plenty of time between courses to discuss things and find out about each family member's day or week. It might not happen so often now but should be at least once a week, probably at the weekend.
It creates a supportive atmosphere, it gives everyone a chance to contribute and it sets an example of friendly behaviour and manners. Chilling out on the sofa is fine once in a while and of course people can talk like that too, but facing each other round a table creates a focal point and brings the family together on an equal footing. The children are included in the conversation, they have the same choice of food, they can feel like a grown up. My two grandchildren sit at the table with us, in their highchairs (16 months old) and they love being with everyone; you can see them picking up the mood and the fun and they always want to eat the same as us!
I think it is important....when my kids were growing up, we always ate together as a family, and we ate at the dining room table....But now, my kids are grown, and when my youngest daughter comes to stay with me (she is the only one who lives near by), we always eat together, but it's not always at the table, sometimes we sit on the couch and watch a video when we eat. We are pretty informal!....I also think that whatever is best for each family should be done....I just feel it is a good time to talk about your day, your concerns, all the good stuff....or bad stuff, that is going on in your life.
It's only my husband and I now, but when my son was growing up we always ate at the table by candlelight with low lights glowing around the room....now that there's only my husband and I, we eat at the table when the dinner is messy, like lobster, but still by candlelight...and when it's not messy, we eat at the coffee table, but still by candlelight!!!
There are only two of us in the house now, and he doesn't get home from work until I am in bed, but when we are home at the same time, we generally always sit down to diner together. We are in our late 40s, so it is what we are accustomed to as well.
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