I have to wonder if this is a dying tradition, to eat dinner as a family at the table. TV off, home cooked meal, everyone talking, laughing, sharing tidbits about their day.
Now I should admit, I did not do this growing up. Living with my mom who was on her own in the kid raising department and working long hours to support us, dinner was often me cooking or fend for ourselves. She and I ate in front of the TV. She still made time for catching up on my day and I don’t feel like I missed out on anything growing up.
Enter my husband. After we were married, every dinner was together, kids and all, at the table. No exceptions. I didn’t mind it, our boys seem to love it and will eat breakfast and lunch together at the table even when we don’t require it. Upon asking around and reading different blogs, I’m finding that this concept of eating dinner together is become more rare.
Many families have too many activities, Dads working late, soccer/band/dance practices, life getting in the way. I get it. But for my own family, we work dinner around that. If we have multiple games/practices or what-have-you, we eat dinner either earlier or later, or sometimes if McDonald’s is involved, we will still go inside and eat at the table. Together. I don’t know why it is so important to me now, but it is, so we do what we can to keep it going. It just makes me feel connected to the boys somehow.
Do you sit at the table for dinner? If you do, why is it important to you? If not, Why not?
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