Take a look at this collage of photos. What do they have in common?
It’s clear that these are the cast members of some former yet popular TV shows. The family unit is vital in a child’s life. So, what’s the object that is common in each picture? A table. Where am I going with this? I’m glad you asked.
Our families have lost the true connection of its importance. Very few families sit at the table together. There’s no more dinner discussion. Children rarely experience moments when all of their relatives are in one place simply having good ol’ conversations while eating supper. (Yes, supper. A word that we no longer use).
Benefits of the family table:
1. Children are comfortable. Have you met a child who doesn’t like to eat? Nah, me either. When you have children at the dinner table, their minds are clear. Feel free to ask them about school, homework, their homeroom teacher, or their newest crush. Allow the conversation to be informal. No need to drill and kill. You don’t have to ask all of your questions in one setting. If you can’t get everyone to the table each night, aim for 1-2 times a week to start.
2. Family bonding. So many of our children are losing their feelings. The influences of TV, Music, peers, and the lack of love/respect/appreciation, children are walking around with hardened hearts. Yes, it may be corny to have family dinner time. But, they benefits outweigh how corny your child feels about it. You’d be surprised at what children will share when they feel like you care about them. Bond. It’s vital to children’s growth and success as an adult.
Now, please don’t get caught up on an actual table. If it fits your family best to eat in the living room together, do that!
I want to hear from you. Did you eat dinner with your family as a child? Do you believe family dinners are still necessary? Are you going to make an attempt to eat with your family?