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The Importance of a Family Meal Together
metallicman ^ | June 2018 | editorial staff

Posted on 07/19/2018 8:17:08 PM PDT by vannrox

One of the things that I have come to appreciate the most was the family meal that we had when I was growing up as a child. During my early childhood we would hold formal “sit down” meals in the Dining Room. Us children each had our own roles / chores in regards to this. On Sunday we would have the largest and most elaborate meals. Mealtime was the opportunity when we could all talk about our day, our hopes and dreams, and things that interested us.

At the time, I didn’t realize how important it was.

Then, during the 1970’s everything changed. Both of my parents had to work. (You can thank the American Federal Reserve for the decline in the value of the dollar that necessitated the breakup of our families.) A formal family meal was replaced with “help yourself” fix your own meals, out of a pot on the stove, or “make yourself a snack” out of the refrigerator. We would then scrounge something up, and eat it alone watching television.

Communication was via notes on the refrigerator.

Now that I am much older, I can see clearly

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TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Philosophy
KEYWORDS: children; family; food; meal

1 posted on 07/19/2018 8:17:08 PM PDT by vannrox
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To: vannrox

Always made sure that me and the Mrs. and the 4 little ones enjoyed dinner together at the table nightly. At least as much as possible with school and sports activities.... And NO phones at the table. LOL


2 posted on 07/19/2018 8:34:23 PM PDT by cazmandeuce
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To: vannrox

We were almost freaks in our world raising children.

Almost always had family meal time.
Children’s friends were curious about it
Wife stayed home. I worked. We agreed on this.
Children’s friends found this curious
Cookies or something good on the counter after school. House smelled like bakery.
Girlfriend of son said this must be what Mrs. Clever’s house must be like.
Married only to each other now going on 42 years, not all easy.
Children said we are dinosaurs as most of their friends were on at least second parent units or single parent.
All done now, we still have family dinner but just two of us now. Still have prayer and visit without tv or any thing else going.
We should walk more but sit on the porch and watch the day go to sleep.


3 posted on 07/19/2018 9:10:22 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (It feels like we have exchanged our dreams for survival. We just have a few days that don't suck.)
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To: vannrox

Meh

Family meal time is overrated...

Family range time OTOH - very important.


4 posted on 07/19/2018 9:34:42 PM PDT by ASOC (Having humility really means one is rarely humiliated)
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To: Sequoyah101

Sounds nice. God bless.


5 posted on 07/19/2018 9:39:58 PM PDT by CJ Wolf (Free)
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To: vannrox

Interesting read, thanks.


6 posted on 07/19/2018 9:46:59 PM PDT by GnuThere
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To: CJ Wolf

Not always as you may well know but you play the cards you are dealt.

Good quotes.


7 posted on 07/19/2018 9:59:57 PM PDT by Sequoyah101 (It feels like we have exchanged our dreams for survival. We just have a few days that don't suck.)
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To: Sequoyah101

Very nice “about page”.


8 posted on 07/19/2018 11:35:12 PM PDT by JohnnyP (Thinking is hard work (I stole that from Rush).)
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To: Sequoyah101

Got ya beat by 2 years on that marriage thing.
Everything else sounds about the same.
Only difference is I bought a small farm and started my own orchard and produce gardens.
Don’t need to walk, work all day long at this, that, and the next thing, except Sundays.
Sunday is a day to give thanks and prayer.
Wife told me just the other day that’s one of the reasons she married me, “you know how to do things”, best compliment I will ever get in my whole life.


9 posted on 07/20/2018 1:09:39 AM PDT by 5th MEB (Progressives in the open; --- FIRE FOR EFFECT!!)
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To: vannrox

We have four kids. All adults and pretty much on their own now. The last one still lives at home but is gone for the summer working at a Christian Camp.

One almost inviolable rule was family dinner. My wife doesn’t enjoy cooking much so our meals are generally rather simple but that’s when we all would talk. As a result, my kids are all Christian and conservative.

All of them got jobs as soon as they were able and fully support themselves. We’ll occasionally help out if needed with a car loan or something but we also expect to get paid back. Plus for the most part, they all get along with each other.

I believe that in conjunction with their Christian upbringing and home education, the family dinner is one of the main keys to may family’s strength.


10 posted on 07/20/2018 5:23:21 AM PDT by cyclotic ( We’re the first ones taxed, the last ones considered and the first ones punished)
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To: vannrox

Sunday was pot roast at our house. My Mom could put it in the oven and it was done when we got back from church.


11 posted on 07/20/2018 7:28:03 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped)
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To: vannrox

My mom brought the tv into the kitchen at dinner time and told us to shutup while she watched her game shows.


12 posted on 07/20/2018 1:47:07 PM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: minnesota_bound

Walter Cronkhite was at the supper table most evenings.


13 posted on 07/21/2018 3:36:35 PM PDT by hoosierham (Freedom isn't free)
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