Times have obviously changed since the days when Wally and The Beav sat down every night for a wholesome family meal. Work, volunteering, sports, school and any number of other commitments often preclude traditional dinners. And while it’s great that people are so active, it’s also cutting seriously into face-to-face connections with those people who matter most.
Cue Vanity Fair’s new “Take Back the Table
” campaign, which strives to bring people closer together.Studies show that children and teens who regularly enjoy family meals are more likely to excel in school, foster positive relationships with parents and lead healthier lives overall. To help in this effort, Vanity Fair’s “Take Back the Table” site offers theme night suggestions and a shuffling “conversation starter” tool to spark fun, engaging table talk with your family.
At your next meal, throw out fun questions like:
- “If you could change one household rule, what would it be?”
- “If you could have any superpower, which one would you choose?”
- “If you found $100 in your pocket, what would you do with it?”
Vanity Fair is encouraging everyone to pledge to “take back the table” by creating a short video and sharing it on Facebook or Twitter. Set personal mealtime togetherness goals and challenge other friends to do the same. Just be sure to include #takebackthetable in your post!
Check out this infographic on how eating together helps your family stay strong.