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The Family Dinner Is Back - Not Haute, But the Right Thing to Do

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The family dinner - bolstered by science and popular buzz - is back: From Hollywood to the White House and out there at the dinner tables of America, the family ritual is increasingly considered the right thing to do. The food may not be haute, but the ga

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Craig Zimmerman (86)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 8:32 am
I agree that family dinner is very important. Parents need to turn off all of the electronic distractions and sit down for at least an hour with the kids.

Carol H (229)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 9:55 am
noted, thanks Cal

Barb Knight (1688)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 10:46 am
It's the RIGHT way to live; like The Waltons! I agree with Craig; turn off all electrical devices for at LEAST an hour!! TY Cal!!

Jason S (50)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 10:49 am

. (0)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 12:07 pm
Family Dinner is "BACK". I didn't read much to be impressed about. According to this article:"more than half of families with children eat together at least 3-5 times a night." More than half? I think this unacceptable, and the other half need to focus their priorities.
I grew up with two working parents. My mother got home at about 6pm, and began dinner. My father got home a little later. We ate together every night as a family until I went to college. NEVER, was there fast food in my mother's house(except on the weekends, every so often to give my mother a break).With my younger brother, we would share our day, talk about current events.To get personal, I will never forget that day in 1974 ( I believe), when Johnson died. My father explained to us the war we were seeing daily on the tv, and what a toll it took on this man.
I didn't learn this in school, I learned it at the dinner table.Watergate was explained to us, the hope of Peagan's administration was explained to us. I never felt closer to my parents than during dinner time.
Another point that disappointed me in this article was:"the higher the educational level, the less frequent the practice of family dinner". This was sad to read, as children in my own district, are subjected to after care, as most of these children are products of executives who cannot leave their corporate jobs in the city until 5-5:30. Ya know what, they are they are the worst behaved children in the school.

Past Member (0)
Sunday June 24, 2012, 5:15 pm
Thanks for this great article.

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Monday June 25, 2012, 4:16 am

Jennifer G (16)
Monday June 25, 2012, 10:45 am
Great article, and kind of made me sad that common sense and "normal" ways of living (sitting at a table, thanking your Mum for the good food, and eating together - that was normal for us) seem to be getting lost in the shuffle of busy modern life. Glad I grew up in the "old days."

Dee C (229)
Monday June 25, 2012, 7:40 pm
I'm so happy that in my family we always sat down to the dinner table//It was our time to be together and talk..laugh..discuss..and just enjoy a good home cooked meal..And it was every night..And now both of my sons have done the same in their own families..

It is very sad to think that so many out there go without that..Things are just so different now and so many fall away from good old traditions and the simple things like family sit down dinners..

Thanks Cal..

Carole K (195)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:48 pm
Once again, I have seen my mother proven correct. TV OFF! "And, if you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all!" Thanks for the memories, Cal!

Susanne R (235)
Monday June 25, 2012, 8:58 pm
This is certainly a step in the right direction! My parents insisted upon having our meals together at the same table, and I insisted upon the same ritual when my children were growing up. It's not always the convenient thing to do, but in some cases, families wouldn't spend any quality time together at all.

Kamila A (141)
Monday June 25, 2012, 9:05 pm
Eating together is part of being in a family, keeps the feeling of being connected going

Kerrie G (116)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 2:12 am
Noted, thanks.

Justin M (2)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 5:28 am

John B (185)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 12:09 pm
Thanks Cal. Great article. Read and noted.

Cristins Calloni (0)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 2:06 pm
Family dinner it is very important for enire family...together we coud tell hat happen at scholl, work home and from this parente an children learning ones to others.

marie C (163)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 4:45 pm
Thanks Cal yes they were great days sadly its almost lost in London England perhaps on a Sunday lunch time generally families get together but people work different hours and so much fast food is available

Robert O (12)
Tuesday June 26, 2012, 6:19 pm
It's important for families to have their meals together. It really bonds the family and creates an atmosphere of family togetherness and cohesion. Thanks Cal.

Lucie G (39)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 1:16 am
Was it ever out. Certainly in French culture it was not. The whole family are always expected to sit together at meal times. It is a time for family conversation, laughs and bonding time.

Patrizia Lorenzetti (0)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 2:47 am
Dinner with the family AT THE TABLE is not only important, it's fundamental. Eating in front of the TV or on the couch is absolutely disgusting! You place no importance on the food you're eating, there is no socializing and no bonding and it inevitably leads to bad eating habits and obesity. And let's face it, this the only opportunity we have to spend time with the family and, most important, talk to each other. I was born in Canada and have been living in Italy for 40 years. I break my back so that the family can sit together at the table, even if it's only for a salad. All it takes is 30 minutes of our time. Is that asking too much?

Lindsay K (6)
Wednesday June 27, 2012, 10:00 am
Family dinners are a vital part of family life - relationships can flourish and children learn so much. Family meals are not just about food!
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