|It depends on what you want! If you want your son to learn to sit at the table, as kids can be quite messy, then at some point when he is joining you with table food you will have to all sit at the table. Until then I see nothing wrong with it if you both are comfortable. ↑|
|I am a true believer in "the family table" Not to say I havnt broke the rule many times. It isnt only about having table manners its also about conversation and quality time. Your little one is still young so I dont see it a huge deal now but its never to easy to start teaching him socialization and yes table manners. ↑|
|Amanda, let me start by complimenting your maturity. The fact that you are thinking about these types of issues shows that you have a good head on your shoulders for such a young woman. I think the fact that you are questioning this topic tells you that you may not think it is the best plan for your family.|
As for me, the dinner table is not just for eating, but a way for us to sit down and spend some time communicating to one another--something you cannot do in front of the TV. Our lives are so busy nowadays, we often forget how important it is to TALK to one another. Having a family meal around the table is a great way to give yourself the time to do so.
Keep in mind also that even babies of 8 months are observing you and constantly wanting your attention. Having them sit at the table not only allows them to observe you and your spouse communicating, but gives them the opportunity to mimick your actions and even join in. It is a wonderful communication venue all around!
My 3 1/2 year old often asks at dinner, "So, how was your day? Can we have a conversation?" It is so nice to know we are teaching him not only communication, but good social skills as well. What better place to start than around the dinner table?
Only you know what's right for you, but if you are questioning your current behaviour, perhaps that is you telling yourself there may be a better way! ↑
|Yeah Amanda...I pretty much agree with Debbie on this one. Even at that tender age...how could it hurt to start sitting at the table. Or...at least ease into it ya know...sit there more than in the living room with the TV on. So that once your little one is a year old...they are getting a better idea. And it really does help to sit and talk together that usually we dont get otherwise. If your comfortable now....do what you think is right naturally...but I think I would start sitting there more often. Oh and do they get messy really quick!!!LOL! Believe us...in the end...thats where you are going to want to be anyway!!! HEHE! ↑|