Farewell to the Family Dinner?
What does a family dinner look like today? The image that comes to mind is not one of warm conversation while passing grandma’s antique bowl filled with mashed potatoes. Sorry, it’s not a scene from Norman Rockwell, either. Today’s family time during dinner is different from decades ago. Children today spend time in their rooms fiddling on their cell phones and tablets. Moms and dads are catching up on social media with a fork in one hand, and an iPhone in the other. Even the dog doesn’t even go to the table for scraps anymore since plates are taken to be enjoyed around the television. This is our fast-paced society and the change of the American family landscape. There is a problem with the lack of time we spend as a family unit. We are missing out on important time. It allows everyone time to relax and reconnect with each other, or to just decompress. Dinner can be a time of discussing issues of the day, and a place to feel safe. We will look at seven inspiring reasons for having a family dinner. You might find it just as important for the family today as it was for you growing up.