eating together

sharing breakfast

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?

5 thoughts on “eating together

  1. What a great idea. Thanks for the link. I feel fortunate that I grew up in a family that ate together every evening. I never knew that so many families didn’t share a meal or didn’t have enough food to eat. Tina and I have dinner together every almost every single night. I have also hear that sending a child to school having had breakfast is also important for success.

  2. Hi Shauna,

    This is such a good reminder. We have such a hard time with this. As much as we want to, Jeff gets home so late from work that it always seems difficult for us to all sit together. I keep meaning to rekindle our efforts at this (make dinner ahead, be ready to eat right when he gets home) and it keeps getting lost in the shuffle; will try a little harder. Thanks for the inspiration!!


  3. Great post guys. In my book eating together is so darn important, but seems like hardly anyone does it these days. We are in the same boat as you – our little one doesn’t eat much if we aren’t eating with him. It also gets him to try a bunch of new things too.. He see’s us eating it, and at first didn’t want it, but by the end of the meal, he is trying bites of something new… and then low and behold, within a week that is his new favorite food

  4. Oh my. I think I’ve died and gone to heaven. I eat bacon just about everyday. Just found your website. Can’t wait to read every little thing!

    thanks so much!

  5. I love that there is an ‘eat together’ week. It’s so important. I think families that make eating together a priority in general tend to function better, which helps too. That’s just anecdotal, but as a former teacher as well, I probably could have picked out the kids who usually ate dinner at a table with family members a month into the school year. My husband and I sit down and eat together every night. Both of us grew up eating dinner as a family, even if that meant eating at 8pm or later some nights. I think the only time it didn’t happen was if school activities precluded it. It was so ingrained, that my grandfather, at the end of his life, riddled with Alzheimer’s, would ask where everyone else was if we tried to feed him dinner by himself. He still wanted to eat as a family.

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