The Importance of Dining Together: A Parent’s Perspective
As parents, we strive to teach our children proper etiquette and table manners. According to a recent OnePoll survey of 2,000 American parents, 82% believe that it is essential for their children to sit at the same table as them during meals. It is apparent that eating together is where we can build meaningful relationships and form deeper connections with our children.
At the dinner table, children learn manners from their parents. They adopt habits such as saying “please” and “thank you” (42%), eating with their mouths closed (42%), and using utensils correctly (41%). Dining together also helps children develop healthy eating habits. According to the survey, 53% of parents believe that eating together at the table encourages their children to eat vegetables.
Moreover, the conversations we have with our children at the dinner table can have a significant impact on their lives. Parents must take advantage of this opportunity to connect with their children. The OnePoll survey found that 81% of parents are aware that the conversations they have with their children at the dinner table shapes their lives.
“The table is where the real growth happens,” said a Stokke spokesperson. “It’s where we take the time to connect, listen, and learn from each other. Sitting together at our children’s level allows them to bond, connect and form deeper relationships.”
In conclusion, dining together is not only about eating a meal, but it is also about building relationships, imparting values, and encouraging healthy eating habits. Children learn by example, and dining together with family teaches them the value of eating with others as well as to appreciate the importance of family time.