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Eating Dinner At the Table Together Has Helped My Family Blossom

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With everyone’s busy schedules, it is often difficult to sit down and have dinner at the table as a family.  But I find it necessary to keep my family on the right track.

Growing up we never ate dinner at the table.  As a matter of fact, we hardly ever ate as a family.  My mom always worked and my older siblings didn’t feel the need to have a sit down dinner.  We ate when we got hungry.

Once my son was born, I knew that I wanted things to be different.  I wanted to spend as much time with him as possible.  So I made family dinner a household rule.  We have to spend at least one meal at the table, together.

It didn’t always work out as planned.  Everyone was on a different schedule.  My hubby returned to college and he often had evening classes.  I felt that we were falling into my childhood routine, eat when you’re hungry.

I decided that I was going to push this one way or another.  So I did. On days that we could not sit down as a family for dinner, we switched it for breakfast.  We worked really hard to make sure we had at least one meal together at the table.

It really made a huge difference.  We were able to talk about the week’s events and stuff that happened with our little guy.  It took a lot of work, but in the end it made us a stronger family.

Now, each and every one of us look forward to dinner time.  A special time dedicated to family.  No cell phones are allowed at the table, no TV, just family.

What are some things your family does to strengthen your family bond?

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