With so many enticing distractions today, it’s easy to see why our teenagers are leaving the dinner table behind. When we manage to get them to sit for a family meal, it’s often with distractions in tow.
Like it or not, friends greatly influence our kids, often exerting a tremendous amount of peer pressure. We can’t hope to counter this pressure if we don’t understand it. I’d like to suggest one idea to help combat the increasingly encroaching, 24/7 world our children live in. Leave the table yourselves. That’s right, leave the table, only not empty; leave the table to make it bigger. Dust off those table leaves that are hidden away waiting for a special occasion and make room for more. Create your own special occasion by inviting some of your child’s, or children’s, friends for a meal. Teens will appreciate the effort, it may not happen immediately, but they will. Parents can come to better understand a sampling of the good, bad, or possibly ugly, that is most assuredly rubbing off on their boys and girls.