Were there no other opportunities during the day to do this. This could not take place on a walk or some other activity other than eating.
Did the kids really anticipate it - I know families that sit down every night and I know very few kids who anticipate it.
Dinner is the first opportunity of the day for all of us to be in one room together. We are doing the same thing and talking and listening with each other.
So what I am hearing is this is a fun activity for your family so you plan for it. Is that correct?
I don't know if I would call it "fun".
To me it is about ritual. I think it is important to have a bit of ritual around food and that includes the social aspect of meals. It is also a way to stop and regroup for a bit.
We are very laid back and live a very laid back lifestyle, but we still set the table in the dining room and serve the food on platters etc for each meal.
I understand the need to bring everybody together for 15-30 minutes a day to connect I guess I just don't understand the need for that time to be centered around food.
My daughter would comment if her father did not make it for a family meal and she would not ever want to eat alone. She definitely came to expect meals to follow a certain routine and include some social interaction. Now that she is grown, she continues the routine with her friends.
mamageek wrote:I understand the need to bring everybody together for 15-30 minutes a day to connect I guess I just don't understand the need for that time to be centered around food.
I had to promise to my H that I not use platters - he is in charge of dishes. I usually plate the food.
We have rituals - many actually