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Fun Family Dinner Games

Family at the dinner table

When we were kids, having the family at the dinner table was expected every night. However, it seems that, for whatever reason, family dinners have become less formal. Actually, for many families, family dinner barely exists at all; this is especially true in families with teenagers and those in which both parents work. While it is interesting to ponder the causes for this trend in family dinners, it is also unfortunate.

Traditionally, family dinner conversation was the only means through which families communicated as a full group. Thus, the importance of family dinners could be attributed to the interaction and camaraderie that it fostered between family members, albeit briefly. If there is any positive aspect of the cultural disintegration of family dinners, it might be found in the fact that family dinners are rare treats. And what better way to take advantage of those rare treats than through fun family dinners and family dinner table games.

Now that the typical family consists of members who eat what they want, when they want, where they want, it is a special occasion when family members come together for family dinners. In the event that a family dinner inevitably occurs, why waste rare family dinners with boring discussion when family dinner games can make the time go by more quickly? Considering the fact that most family members would rather be doing almost anything else than sitting around during family dinners, games can make a family dinner enjoyable for even the most sullen member of the family.

Since family dinners are becoming rarer all the time, it is in the best interest of all families to take advantage of those few, special family dinners. By planning family fun dinners around table games, everyone can be kept entertained during the duration of the meal. In fact, dinner games can be an excellent solution for those moments of long, awkward silences. As such, with fun family table games, nobody needs to utter anything deeper than the typical platitudes that are expected of civilized strangers.

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You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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How to Revive Family Dinners

Family dinner

Have you ever wondered what ever happened to family dinners? Once a staple of American life, family dinners seem to occur less and less frequently. Recently, though, there has been a revival of family dinners, which shows growing interest and importance in this institution. These dinners are helped along with games, conversation pieces, and other fun tactics.

Family dinners show up consistently in every culture they are practiced. In Northern Europe and France, family dinners still happen on a regular basis. Other cultures, notably Latin based cultures, emphasize other meals, but they are shared with family just the same.

A similar story appeared in America until the end of World War II. Before then, family members almost always went to dinner, and shared the events of the day. After the war, growing prosperity and the advent of TV scattered family at the dinner table. The quaint dinner scenes of Leave it to Beaver were already fading away, ironically, thanks to TV.

Now, family dinners are making a comeback, especially among the well educated. Studies linking family dinners to better performance at school and emotional stability have convinced many of the importance of family dinners. That said, in the world of today, making others join can be tough.

How can you make these dinners special? Good family dinner conversation helps. It always helps to share information about the days each member had, as well as problems and struggles they may be having. One could try conversational cards or inserting conversation pieces to help.

Another way to stimulate dinners are family dinner games. These dinner games can range from board games to card games to simple word games you know from your own childhood. Whatever they are, they have to be fun games.

Family dinners are an institution that is making a comeback. Games, conversational pieces, and the importance of studies are reviving these traditions. What keeps families at dinner is the time they spend with each other. Ultimately, that aspect is invaluable.

Alice Jennings

You can call us anytime. (203) 285-8692 My name is Alice Jennings. I am a working mother of two young boys, Jim and Joey. My husband travels a lot for work and I handle most of the household "stuff". I created this site to share my ideas for family dinners. At first that's all that it was, but over time I have had requests and questions about other family issues and products. This is very much a work in progress. I plan to let this site grow and continue to help all my readers and contributors.

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