We read two articles recently that caused some good discussion and pondering in our office. First, the New York Times reported on a new trend with small children: food pouches that they can sip on the go instead of sitting down for a meal with their families. On one hand, the food pouches keep pace with our busy lives, but on the other hand, the children aren’t learning to sit at a table with other people and have manners and conversation.
Then there is Leila, a blogger who is giving advice on how to raise kids with roots and wings who want to come back home. She likens life with older children with independent schedules as “living in a pinball machine.” But if the parents are at the core sitting down together for a real meal, then peace and good family life radiates out from that.
It’s hard to believe families are so different and can still be close, loving, and happy. How does your family do dinner together?