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Old 12-25-2007, 12:53 AM
Location: Los Angeles
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I ask this question because quite a few times I've been to people's homes during the dinner hour and their kids are sitting on the floor watching tv and eating or some kids take their plate to their rooms and eat which seems kind of shocking imo. Do families still sit at the kitchen or dining room table and have dinner together?
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Old 12-25-2007, 03:03 AM
Location: Camberville
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In high school we tried, but I generally had a minimum of 4 hours of homework after daily 3 hour marching band rehearsals so often if I wanted to get my work done and go to bed at a decent hour, I'd have to take my plate to wherever I was studying, writing, or working.

Now that I'm in college and only come home for 2 or 3 weeks out of the year, we always try to eat dinner together. However, my brother is now in band and has a similar workload as I did as well as his own paying trumpet gigs and other activities which means he's often at school and busy from 7AM to 10PM. And that's before homework... so it's just not a possibility.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:47 AM
Location: SF Bay Area
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We have dinner together on days when the routine isn’t thrown out of whack. When dinner prep is later than usual or if the kids have a late appointment (i.e. orthodontia appointment or similar) and dinner time is thrown back too late, I’ll warm a plate and they’ll eat in their room while doing homework.

If it’s just my daughter and me at home, she’ll grab a plate and eat in her room. If it’s me and my son, we’ll eat together (because he really likes to ).

My daughter LOVES to eat meals in her room.
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Old 12-25-2007, 10:54 AM
Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Always...we sit down every evening and thank god for our food, we talk bout our day at times..other times we just eat and enjoy the waterfall in our dining room...dinner is a time for us to be together, to share, to have a meal and relax...always with no tv or phone, we make dinner time very special on a daily basis...cause we want too, not cause we feel we have too
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Old 12-25-2007, 11:26 AM
Location: Austin 'burbs
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Every night.
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Old 12-25-2007, 04:22 PM
Location: West 'Burbs of Chicago
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I wish we did it more .. but with work and school schedules ... it is not always possible.
I hardly ever see my kids, much less have dinner with them.
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Old 12-25-2007, 06:04 PM
Location: The mountians of Northern California.
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Every night. We talk about what happened at school, etc. My kids are still little, so we have very few scheduling conflicts.
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Old 12-25-2007, 07:05 PM
Location: Beautiful Buffalo :-)
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Do you and your children have dinner together?

My parents both grew up in a house (large households) where they all ate together as a family. It's how I was raised, and that's how we share more than meals with my children, same as my spouse. When the kids were little we started "dinner & a movie" (shortly after TBS came out with their own version... but we had ours going first ) we'd all sit in the livingroom and watch a movie we've seen 99 times before, or a newly rented one. It's our own little tradition but we're still sharing dinner.
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Old 12-26-2007, 05:24 AM
Location: Obama playing field
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Without fail, food is never eaten anywhere else (house)
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Old 12-26-2007, 08:02 AM
Location: Arizona
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We usually eat out once a week, but other than that, the dinner table at home is the only place to be!

Which we are still sitting together at the restaurant table, but more distractions going on, so not much "how was your day" talk.

I think it's nice to see how many families still eat together, because when I was in highschool, my family had really fallen out of that. And it's nice to have all of my own family sit at the supper table together.
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