Eating meals around a table as a family is becoming a thing of the past. But it’s a sad departure. In our fast-paced world, it takes planning to orchestrate a routine of sitting down together for at least one meal a day. Intimacy and bonding take place as family members face each other around a table. Too often they grab a bite standing up or on the run. Here are a few reasons that families can benefit by eating together around a table:
- Better menu preparation happens when seated around a nicely set table. Food is served more attractively.
- Manners are taught, expected, and practiced.
- Families pray together in thanksgiving for the food.
- Thoughts, feelings, and concerns are expressed as family members converse and learn about each other.
- Parents can invite uplifting conversation about current issues, values, activities, and plans.
- Responsibility can be taught by giving assignments to help prepare food and wash dishes.
I think that these important interactions taking place around a table are more nourishing than the actual food being eaten. I’d like to hear your comments about this.