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CHERIAH1993 SparkPoints: (33,446)
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1/15/14 5:01 P

sure did and still do!! emoticon

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1/15/14 4:22 P


SNOWJAT30 SparkPoints: (1,727)
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1/15/14 1:38 P

Yes, we always ate dinner together at the table.

MCGOWANLL Posts: 141
1/15/14 1:27 P

Yes & my family still does!

JWAHLTON Posts: 884
1/15/14 11:26 A

Yes we did when I was growing up and I made a point to do so with my kids. We said a prayer, then talked about our day. Sometimes it was stressful when the kids were grumpy, other times we had great fun. I remember one time I was laughing so hard I got a small piece of pork chop up my nose! That hurt. As the kids got older and working we got away from it. But they tell me how much that meant to them. It's important to do this with your kids

DANALYNN2478 SparkPoints: (4,501)
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1/13/14 10:58 A

Yes, we always had dinner together even if we were in a hurry

MATTHEW0498 SparkPoints: (32,853)
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1/13/14 10:22 A

Yes, even through high school we ate dinner as a family....and never watched TV during either.

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1/12/14 9:48 P

When I was younger we did, but then Dad got transferred to 2nd shift when I was in school and my Mom started working nights as well. We didn't have tv on then when we ate. I miss those days.

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CICELY360 Posts: 3,747
1/12/14 9:44 P

Most of the time

MARGOLIS Posts: 86
1/12/14 8:21 P

Growing up we did eat together as a family with no TV. My husband grew up eating in front of the television, with family, but still in front of the TV. Its been one of the greater challenges of married life. Now that we have a baby we DO eat at the table together more frequently, if for no other reason than that the baby can get into everything while we try to balance plates on our laps. Its much easier to just eat in the kitchen.

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1/12/14 4:27 P

Yes, my family ate together. I didn't have access to TV for most of my growing up years (it was often banished to the closet) but when I did, it generally was not on during meals.

Now my parents have CNN on all day long. It is obnoxious.

I do not own a TV.

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SONICB Posts: 4,328
1/12/14 1:59 P

Yes, I loved dinner time with my family (especially given how awesome my mom's cooking is). The TV was probably on, but my back was almost always to it... so I don't remember paying much attention to it.

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1/12/14 9:57 A


VAINVT Posts: 3,618
1/12/14 8:15 A

Yes. And when I married and had a family, this was one of my requirements. It is the only time the entire family gets together and has time to talk about the day. It is an important time for the family, and for eating a nutritious and well-balanced meal.

1/12/14 8:13 A

For most of my growing up years, we ate at the kitchen table, no TV. When my brother and sister grew up and moved out, my parents got a little TV in the kitchen and we started watching the evening news as we ate.

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1/12/14 7:10 A


DIANE7786 SparkPoints: (93,099)
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1/12/14 3:39 A

Yes, every night at 5 p.m. at the table. Our TV was in the living room. I don't remember anyone wanting to eat meals there. Maybe because there were only about three channels! Night time snacks were in the living room while watching TV. Now my husband and I eat meals at the table, about 5 p.m. no TV.

Edited by: DIANE7786 at: 1/12/2014 (03:41)
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1/12/14 1:35 A

yes and still do

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SCIFIFAN Posts: 1,119
1/11/14 10:09 P

Almost always--also breakfast and lunch; we didn't even get a tv until I was 10, and it was in a different room--no open floor plans like now. We ate in the kitchenm because we didn't have a dining room.

We may have eaten a few of those 'new-fangled' tv dinners in the living room, can't really remember it much, though. Remember tv trays--all the fad in the 50's.

We were a farm family, so 'dinner' was the big meal, at noon and supper the evening meal. My grandkids are always puzzled when I say 'dinner' for noon, which I still do a lot.

REBECANOLA Posts: 3,285
1/11/14 9:21 P

We almost always ate dinner as a family at the dining room table. The TV was downstairs in the family room, so no TV during dinner. There were occasions when we would get a pizza and watch a movie or something, but those were rare.

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1/11/14 9:07 P

Up until I was about 8yrs old, New Zealand didn't have TV - I was about 9 when we got it. We always had dinner as a family, and even when we got TV, we had to eat in the Dining Room, still as a family, where there was no TV on view.


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SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
1/11/14 8:46 P

Yes, we ate dinner as a family-yes, TV was in another room out of sight from the kitchen and the local news would be on. Dinner at our home was family time, we had to ask to be excused from the table when meal was finished, scrape leftovers from plate into trashcan, place plate and eating utensils, in kitchen sink before leaving kitchen.

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KAREN91 Posts: 1,300
1/11/14 6:52 P

Yes we did the whole time I was growing up. You couldn't leave the table unless you asked to be excused. We didn't have a tv in the kitchen and for about 5 years we didn't have one at all. When we did have TV it was in the living room.

Edited by: KAREN91 at: 1/12/2014 (19:27)
LOUNMOUN Posts: 1,332
1/11/14 4:53 P

Until I was college age my family would eat at a table together with the tv off.
After college age my parents had a smaller table so when my siblings or I were there to eat we did not sit at the table usually and the tv was on.

In my house currently, we generally eat our meals at the table- usually together- with the tv off.

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1/11/14 12:52 P

In elementary, yes... but once I got to Jr High and my brother got to high school, we started having a lot of evening activites so there wasn't really a way to do a family dinner except occasionally. We didn't have a TV in the eating area. In those later years my mom would make something and we would just eat it when we were home, usually in front of the TV.

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1/11/14 12:20 P

Everyday with no tv until I was about 13. We started high school and moved into a new house. Family dinners were 3x/week or more and often in front of TV.

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RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
1/11/14 10:34 A

6:30 p.m. every night. No T.V. Never had one till I was 10, and it had to weigh 150 lbs. Not exactly portable. Plus, we had to talk about our day anyways. T.V was 8-11 only.

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BEACHGIRL328 Posts: 2,304
1/11/14 10:13 A

Always, even when my older brother and sister were in high school and started working except for the very rare occasions we were a family and we ate and lived as a family. Now as a grown adult I miss not having a family to eat with.

BRATT6504 Posts: 947
1/11/14 9:33 A

We always tried to but dad worked a lot.

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1/11/14 9:26 A


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1/11/14 9:10 A

With the family, no TV. We didn't have a TV in the kitchen/dining area.

You don't have to eat the whole thing.
KKKAREN Posts: 12,152
1/11/14 8:54 A

with the family, no TV

MICHELLEXXXX SparkPoints: (9,831)
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1/11/14 8:35 A

Did you eat dinner together as a family growing up? Was the TV allowed to be on?

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