One of my biggest pet peeves is the phone out at dinner time. Call me old fashion, but it really gets me! Many a time my hubby and I have had a disagreement over having the darn thing out. I know in today’s world electronics and social media has become the norm. I personally don’t want to be so absorbed in the online world that I miss some of the most important things happening right in front of me.
I feel like dinner is family time. I’ve always felt like it is a nice time to reflect on the day and share what’s happened. And although our daughters are still pretty young, our 4 year old is full of stories. She tells me a lot throughout the day as I’m home with her right now, but it’s nice to hear her tell her daddy all the funny things … like the time she informed us that Jesus fed so many people with 2 lobsters (imagine .. I’d eat lobster any day with Jesus!) or that on an episode of Bubble Guppies they didn’t have toilets in their new house because they don’t have butts! I know in a few years dinner time will be even more important because she’ll be in school full time and away from me. (I’m not going to handle kindergarten well, but my oldest will be pushing me out the door! lol)
Put your phone away at dinner. Really be present and listen to what your family has to say. I’ve been guilty of trying to multitask many a times, as I’m sure moms and dads around the world are, but don’t. I’ve tried to limit my time on my phone throughout the day, and although some days I’m on it more, I feel like I’ve gotten better at it. My kiddos notice when I’m actually present in what we are doing. Dinner time is a great time to really soak in what is happening in everyone’s life. You may be pleasantly surprised at what you hear! And your relationship with them will bloom even more.
An idea that I have loved for years for dinner time talk is to ask each person (moms and dads included) what their high and low was for the day. It’s a great way to get everyone sharing about their day instead of the usual, “It was fine!” lol
Do you have a certain way to communicate with your family at the dinner table? If so I’d love to hear! Please share below!
A quote to leave you with that I love: “The most desired gift of love is not diamonds or roses or chocolates. It is focused attention.”