Dinner in our house is simple, but there’s one rule that we as a family very rarely break. That is eating together at the table with the TV OFF. I know it sounds crazy, but it’s something that Sheri and I have always done. When we were first married, we ate together. There was no real reason other than we enjoyed each other’s company. As our family grew, we maintained the concept, but also started enforcing it. Sometimes it means we eat early or late, regardless we eat together.
During dinner we converse. We ask each other how the day was and all engage in what’s going on. We laugh, cry, get upset, express frustration, discuss politics, church, leadership, business, friends, you get the idea…Stephen jokes that Sheri and I speak a ‘foreign language’ when we discuss business during dinner.
The point is that the time spent eating together has been priceless for our relationship as a family. If you don’t eat dinner together, I suggest you try it one day a week.
Here are the rules:
- Eat at the table – everyone no exceptions
- The TV and all outside sources of distraction (TV, radio, iPOD, cell phones) are OFF – no exceptions. You want the only sound to be conversation. We don’t even answer the phone during dinner.
- No one leaves the table until everyone is done eating and the conversations are over
Try it 1 day per week for 1 month and see how it goes.
Disclaimer: You’ll learn more about your kids and their friends than you probably wanted to know.
It takes some getting used to, but you can do it and I assure you that it will be worth it.