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Gina Badalaty is a lifestyle blogger for moms raising kids with special needs. She is passionate about living a nontoxic life, inclusion for kids with disabilities and technology to help kids thrive.
July 24, 2012Net Nanny for Android 2.0
Nov 30, 2016
Dinnertime is very important to my family. We don’t always get to the table at the same time but even then, we at least hold hands for grace. That said, most nights we do eat together at home.
Eating out, however, is a different story. It started innocently enough. My youngest would struggle with appropriate dinner behavior if we had to wait a long time for service so I’d hand her my phone to distract her.
Unfortunately, this lead to the way we eat out now: the kids are on the phone before and after food is eaten, hubby is checking sports scores and I’m looking at my email. For my husband and I, this problem has even crept into some of our date nights. Have we let bad technology habits rule our family to the extent that we can’t even enjoy a night out without our devices?
5 Reasons Family Dinners Should Be a Priority
Of course, this unhealthy behavior can hinder communication, hurt relationships and take the joy out of family bonding activities that are so important for our children. Here are five more reasons why we all need to put down the phones and make family dinners a priority once again:
While we still need to work on dining out as a family, our regular family dinners are a priority. They are an important way to show children the value of family time and a great way to give them a much-needed break from their Androids and iPads. If setting screen time limits is a challenge in your household, consider a parental control software that allow you to set time limits and even pause the internet during dinner time.
Start building healthy routines with your children by involving them in the preparation and cleanup of your family meal. Set up ways to engage and communicate to make dinnertime light and fun for your family. Spending time eating together will become something you all look forward to!