Do you sit at a meal together with your family on a regular basis?

Family at Dinner - Family at Dinner
@kbkbooks (7030)
Canada
December 6, 2006 9:53pm CST
Even if it is only once a week, do you sit down with your family and eat? Sunday dinner is a regular event at our home, where we all sit together around the table and eat. The television is off. Music is turned down or off. We sit together and talk and enjoy each other's company. The meal might be a roast with all the trimmings or a bowl of soup and a sandwich. Quite frequently we also try to sit together for supper at least twice or three times a week. I feel that this is a wonderful practice and that it promotes communication and promotes our interest in each other as persons.
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• Brazil
7 Dec 06
I don't do this.. and I live with my father... in most times when it happens.. I eat and after.. I leave him eating alone...
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
That's a little sad. You should spend time with him, especially since he is apparently the only family you have.
• India
7 Dec 06
yes we are doing like this but also with the tv switched on but in house with parents and brother in college with my friends
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Sometimes you should turn off the TV and have a conversation. That's important with family.
@palliyath (122)
• India
7 Dec 06
No, not at all.I sit with them rarely.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Too bad. You should try it. It can be fun.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes, it is a great time for family to get together and bond. To talk about whatever is going on in your lives and feelings about each other.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
Really glad that you have this special time together.
@jewel76 (2305)
• Canada
7 Dec 06
I wish! Everynight I keep on hoping we'll be able to enjoy a good meal, sitting down at the kitchen table, like it should be...but my husband always goes and eat in the living room, sitting on our leather couches (arrgh) and watching a movie. I just hate that, but end up going to,cuz i don't want to eat alone. HOnnestly, I find that tv destroys families.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
Maybe you should talk to him about it? Sometimes we sit in front of the TV, but sometimes we sit at the table together. Maybe you can also split your time between one and the other?
@funfreak2k2 (1740)
• India
7 Dec 06
i eat with my family twice a day. its easy coz we are only three. me, my wife, my mom and of course my daughter. we never miss eating together.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
That's wonderful. I love families that stay together.
@kaspyv (1011)
• United States
7 Dec 06
when I was growing up my family always had their meals together and its something I will always remember. when my own children were growing up it was very different...circumstances didn't allow us to have all our meals together and I really think we missed out on lots of quality time together. now that I'm 1200 miles away from my family and living with roommates, we have been enjoying all our evening meals together, like a family. Its a wonderful time for us to talk and catch up on things going on in each other's lives. Thats one thing that helps me get through missing my own family so much.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
Total agreement on my part. thanks for telling us your story. I know what it is like to be far from family, I am about 350 miles from sister and mom. Thank heaven for telephones and for Internet!! But when we visit either here or where they are, we always have at least one family meal per day. It's so much fun with my kids and hers and our husbands and my mom. We are a very close family.
• Romania
7 Dec 06
i eat whit my parents only in weekends.In the rest of the week i eat alone because my schelduel is not the same whit my parents schelduel
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
That's right. We have alot of different things going on here too. I am glad you take time to be with your family on the weekends. You need to work on your spelling, hon.
• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes, we try to every night. It is our time to find out what is happening at school and who the crush of the week is. It gives us time to plan our weekend together and plan things that we want to do as a family. It is our bonding time, the tv is off and only occassionaly is the radio on. We value dinner time together!
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
Sometimes all your twin relatives can come over and you can talk about everything twice, just like on MyLot!
• United States
7 Dec 06
Yes, we try to every night. It is our time to find out what is happening at school and who the crush of the week is. It gives us time to plan our weekend together and plan things that we want to do as a family. It is our bonding time, the tv is off and only occassionaly is the radio on. We value dinner time together!
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
That's wonderful. I love the feeling of communication between you.
@lissaj (532)
• United States
7 Dec 06
My family always sits down to dinner together every single night, even if it is just pizza. My children are still young enough that this is possible, but I do know it isn't possible for everyone. When they get older and involved in school activities/sports it may not happen every night, but we will have at least 2 or 3 nights a week where it will be mandatory to sit down together just to keep in touch with each others lives.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
That's the truth. My three boys are teenagers and they are always busy with SOMETHING. I actually got them all to sit down tonight (Saturday) before they all rushed out to their private lives. One of the kids started eating, and I said, Since when do you start eating before grace? He looked at me and said, when did you start doing that? As far as I know we have always done it...LOL. Kids is kids.
@Krisss (1231)
• Australia
7 Dec 06
Our kids are young adults who do not live at home anymore but we still make an effort to have a meal together at least once a week. If they cannot make the trip home for dinner, we meet them in the city and go to a restaurant.
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
Restaurants count too, as long as you are together.
@medooley (1875)
• United States
7 Dec 06
We sit down as a family for dinner everynight. Now it is easy because my kids are only 2 and 4 years old. But I intead to keep this up for as long as we can. It is so cute, we will sit down to eat, and my boy will look at me and say... "How was your day dad?" I sure hope that when he gets older he will still ask.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
10 Dec 06
Great communication. I hope he does too!
@chello63 (305)
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
yes, its a nice feeling having a dinner with your whole family chatting with them and its a family ties that bond more communications and the love of a family
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Bonding...so true. What a lovely baby picture!!
@anup12 (4182)
• India
22 Jan 07
Yes I make it a point that the night time dinner we all have it together.You know that is so much fun,laughter and watching tv together makes us very very happy
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
It's so much fun to enjoy the same shows together. Later it gives you something to talk about.
@shedii (1488)
• India
22 Jan 07
No, very rarely I sit with my family & have any meal. When I have meals with my parents, my bro is missing. If they three are having meal together, am missing & if me & mom are having meals together, my dad & bro bother are missing. Like this, we all four very rarely, may be once in a month able to have meals together. But in my family, its better if we don't have meals together because otherwise we fight a lot lol!
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
Life these days is so busy, everyone has a different schedule, it's very tough.
• India
22 Jan 07
Hi there . I know it is very good to do what you said, but we do not get enough time for it in our busy lives. Everyone is so engrossed in his daily work that sometimes, it is not even possible to eat a proper meal, let alone enjoying a nice meal with one's family. In my case, my family sits and eats together on only one day, that is a Sunday in a week. This is because it is a holiday and a non working day . But it is good for bonding and sharing your problems in life .
@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
For me, Sunday is the day I enjoy a family dinner the most.
• Philippines
22 Jan 07
As a filipino family, regular meal time will not start without the entire family seated in the table. No TV and radio on. The table is lead by the father who sits just besided the mother and the entire member of the family around the table.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
2 Feb 07
That's such a wonderful tradition.
@lpetges (3037)
• United States
22 Jan 07
we all used to when the kids were young. now very seldom maybe once a month-if that.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
It's certainly harder to do as the kids get older.
@lvhughes (545)
• United States
19 Jan 07
my family manages to eat breakfast and supper together everyday and even lunch when there is no school or work. we also spend every sunday eating dinner with my husbands entire family. it is a good way to keep up with each others lifes. i love it and hope it never changes or at least until the kids grow up and more out.
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@kbkbooks (7030)
• Canada
22 Jan 07
That's wonderful. What a happy report.