At those family dinners, we all would share our best and worst thing of the day and help each other through our complicated issues. With the different opinions and different ages at the table, we learned a great deal about one another and our relationships strengthened. To this day, I am incredibly close to my brother and sister and I think that closeness began at the dinner table. My parents divorced when I was 11, but my mom kept up the tradition of the family dinner and we still get together often for dinner even though our family has now become quite large.
Many parenting sites today actually speak out against the family dinner and lessen the importance of this every sacred time together. One popular blog recently stated that “our kids are set up to want to be at table whether they are eating or not; there is no pressure to stay seated, eat stuff they do not like, or continue to eat when they are not hungry. They are welcome to come and go as they please (or not come at all).” The writer further goes on to say that “we do not require our children to sit at the dinner table with us, though most often they choose to. Sometimes they watch a YouTube video while at the table, and we ask them to turn down the volume. Sometimes they read a book, and we remind them not to knock over their water.”
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