When our youngest daughter and her children were with us for a few days recently, it reminded me of the importance of the family meal.

Now a lot has been said about the importance of this over the years, but what occurred to me recently is the social aspect of it and what children learn from it.

Children learn a lot around the dinner table.  They absorb appropriate adult behavior (hopefully) as it is modeled for them.  They learn about sharing food, taking turns to talk, feeding themselves, proper table manners and focusing, not to mention the content they take in from the discussions they hear and how to interact with people in a setting that isn’t about school or play or sports.  They learn everything isn’t about them.

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