OPINION: Family meal time is a date from the past

DO you sit down with the entire family at dinner time, turn off the television and talk to each other.

We'll if the answer to that is no you shouldn't feel embarrassed because a recent survey says you are in the majority.

It seems the family dinner at the table is a thing of the past and now many of us choose to eat with the plate resting on our lap while watching the idiot box.

I attended a health camp more than two years ago and this fact was identified to us all and was actually pin-pointed as a reason we put on weight.

It meant dinner had stopped becoming a meal and was now comfort food and we were treating it as such.

This allowed us to go back to the fridge later that night for the secret sweets without any guilt.

As a child growing up it was rare we all sat down together for the simple fact we didn't have enough chairs.

Six children, mum and dad, the cousin and the grand-mother who lived with us, meant you had to get in early for a seat.

The one meal we always tried to be assembled for was the Sunday roast.

It was the one time where no-one was rushed and where dad and mum told us their stories.

Looking back those lunch chats provided some of my fondest memories.

Why don't you give the family meal idea a go, switch off the TV and make everyone sit at the table.

Could make for an interesting meal, to actually know what everyone else is doing.



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