The Family Table
Dinner at the family table is a great time for families to spend a little time together and have conversation. This is not a new concept for me. In my family growing up, we always ate together around the table. Dad got home at 5:15 and dinner was served! My husband's family was the same, and we raised our children that way too.
At least when they were little. There were times that out of town jobs prevented dad from being home, or sporting events and practices for the kids made them absent or all of us absent. At any rate, as often as possible, we had our dinners at the table and friends were and still are always welcome!
One thing that we had at our family table besides good company, food and the usual conversation about "How was your day!" was
"Useless information of the day"
brought to us each night by our lovely daughter, Julie! Useless information of the day only takes a minute or two and can be about anything and the sources are numerous. It can be something quite simple such as "March 14 is Pi Day". Or it could be the formula a different day! It could be an outdated law in some state (A good source for these is the "Balderdash" game) such as "It's illegal to spit on Thursday", or something you heard on the radio, read in the paper, saw on TV, but usually a fact of some sort.
One thing for sure, there's always something to talk about!
Enjoy your meals with your family around the table with the following guidelines: No TV, No singing, Radio is OK, not loud! No phone, no games. No talking with food in your mouth! And of course all the normal courtesies: Hands, feet and objects to your self and don't interrupt.