This is our daughter, eating with us. Scrambled eggs, roasted potatoes, sauteed zucchini, and bacon. (She loves bacon.)
She’s only a year old, but she’s already figured out that eating is really a social activity. In fact, if we try to sit her in her highchair, put some food in front of her, and get other tasks done while she eats? She doesn’t eat very much.
But if we gather together, sit around the table, eat slowly, and talk? She eats enough food for a much older child. She eats what we eat. And she eats well.
I have heard this idea many times — the most accurate predictor of whether a child will do well in school? It’s not a score on an IQ test, or preparatory class, or economic class of the parents. It’s whether or not families eat dinner together. As a former high school teacher, I can tell you, on an anecdotal level: this sure seems true.
That’s why Danny and I are happy to tell you about a promotion this week called National Eat Together Week. It’s meant to inspire folks to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner together, as often as they can this week.
If you go to this site, you’ll find plenty of pork recipes to make with your family. Even more exciting — to us, anyway — for every recipe you download from that site, pork producers will donate five pounds of pork to food banks this week.
There are so many families in this country who would like to eat together, but they may not have enough to eat.
So, if you’re going to eat dinner together, why not help someone else do the same?