It’s time to reclaim dinner around our tables. This practice is becoming lost in the midst of family busyness, jobs, school schedules, friends and activates. We desperately need to recover this tradition within our families and here’s why.
When we’re sitting around the table eating, it’s a time to connect as a family. It’s a time to talk about our day. It’s a time to encourage, speak life-filled words, laugh and listen. Dads and moms can help provoke this time of communication and connectedness. Here’s how.
There is nothing worse than everyone sitting around complaining about the meal, their day, not talking or simply engaged in words like, “Pass the salt” or “Can you please close your mouth when you chew?” This opportunity for connection can begin with Dad sharing about his work day, Mom sharing about an important meeting she was engaged in and then the children following up with something that occurred in school, a paper due or a prayer need. If no one is talking, you can begin a wonderful conversation just by asking, “So, what’s the craziest thing that happened today?” or “Finish this sentence: Today was a challenge because…”
The food takes a backseat to the conversation. Before closing your mealtime, the conversation can turn to praying together as a family or asking if someone needs help with a certain task assigned after dinner. Mealtime is a time for togetherness and relationship building. Always include your children’s friends in the conversation and you just might start a new tradition in their home as well.
Do not lose the value of such an important daily connection and opportunity. Proverbs reminds us, “Better a dry crust with peace and quiet than a house full of feasting, with strife.”