Celebrated September 27, 2010
the 10th Anniversary!
When I was growing up dinner was at 5:00 and if you were not there, you were in trouble! Dinner was a great time to yell above your other siblings about what happened in your day, your grades, and most importantly what happened on the way home from school! Didn’t everyone eat as a family? Sometimes Mom and Dad were not there…but Grandma was and WOW could she cook! I was quite naïve…every family was like this wasn’t it…..
Last year many of you received or ordered #Back to the Table® DVD from www.winnersdrinkmilk.com and one segment was on the benefits of eating as a family, or group. Eating together at the same time while talking, laughing, and sometimes arguing… but still learning from each other.
According to CASA eating with family is critical for optimal child growth. I would have never learned to eat biscuits one layer at a time if it was not for my sister or more importantly; learning to spell supercalifragilisticexpialidocious if it was not at the dinner table practicing with my other siblings.
CASA also states: “Whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal, ordering food from your favorite take-out place or eating on the go, rest assured that what your kids really want during dinnertime is YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their mind. The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink or use drugs”
I am sure as I was growing up we had many serious conversations about school, eating right, smoking, drinking, driving but it is hard to remember the serious stuff! Today, with more dangers to our children, more technology and less time to cuddle and protect them isn’t it time to begin having dinner as a family? Dinner does not have to be at the dining table, it can easily be in the car before a game (not driving, but stopped and able to have Mom involved); or at the picnic site, it can even be in a corner of a auditorium with drive-thru bags before an instrument performance. Be creative, you never know when your children are really listening….usually when they are laughing…supercalifragilisticexpialidocious!