Where Is Everybody?

empty tableI’ll admit it–growing up, I was bugged by having to sit down together every single night as a family for dinner. It seemed so overly-structured compared to many of my friends, whose families were a little less consistent with mealtime being a time of togetherness. I would have MUCH rather grabbed a bite on the run so I could get back outside to play with my friends. It was a real drag.

Actually–it was brilliant. From early childhood through brooding teen years, I would have rather had a root canal than talk about what we did that day in school, but my brother and I both had to report on our day each night over a casserole or whatever came out of the oven. I’d try to slide by with a quick “history, then civics, then recess, PE, and came home” but I couldn’t get away with it. We had to talk about the history and the civics. “What do you think would have happened if they did X,Y, or Z instead?”… It was exhausting having to think–and nowhere near as fun as the freeze tag I knew was going on across the street. UGH!

And oh yeah–thanks. In spite of myself I was learning to reason, to converse, to take a stand, to debate, sometimes to argue. I learned it was OK to disagree as long as I knew why I disagreed. The time we spent as a family every evening at 6:30 was infinitely more important than the food we ingested.

Tomorrow, Monday, September 28, CASA (The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse) has declared Family Day. The intent is to remind families to sit down together to dine–an official day to “eat dinner with your children.” The website says, “Family DayA Day to Eat Dinner with Your Children is a national movement to inform parents that the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family Day reminds parents that Dinner Makes A Difference!”

“The Power of Parenting,” the site continues, “Whether you’re cooking a gourmet meal, ordering food from your favorite take-out place, or eating on the go, rest assured that what your kids really want during dinnertime is YOU! Family meals are the perfect time to talk to your kids and to listen to what’s on their mind.  The more often kids eat dinner with their families, the less likely they are to smoke, drink, or use drugs.”

One response to this post.

  1. Posted by blissbait on September 27, 2009 at 11:33 PM

    great memory there
    our mealtimes were always great
    laughter’s nutritious!

    Thank You and Cheers!


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