Create meaningful conversations with your children at mealtimes with these fantastic activity cards.
Australian small business Around The Table aims to bring back family connections at dinner time. How? Read on..
Think back to your childhood memories. Are your family dinners full of laughter and fun? How does this compare to the memories you are creating with your children. Is the TV on and are dinner times at the kitchen table as a family? Dynamics are changing as lives get busier and less priority is being placed on mealtimes. Families are finding it challenging to eat evening meals together.
Research* has proven that eating dinner as a family can have many benefits. When connecting over dinner, your children are gaining important social and emotional life skills. Eating together as a family increases children's resilience and self esteem. This translates into a lower rate of eating disorders and depression.
This research may seem confronting but it is possible to make a difference by prioritising three meals a week together as a family. You may consider prioritising other meals such as breakfast. Prohibit screens from the table and make the change to engage with each other.
That said, how do you engage your children in more than one word answers when you ask the usual questions: "How was school?" and "How was your day?" This is particularly common after a tiring day.
The Around The Table team have come up with a great concept to support families at mealtimes with their activity cards. Around The Table cards are designed as conversation starters and games at the table. They suit all age groups and can be used away from the table too. They aim to increase meaningful conversation, while creating a fun atmosphere at the table.
The Around The Table pack contain over 100 games and questions written by experts. They are stored in a carry pouch and contain: Table Talkers, Table Top Games and Our Family (specific questions you add for your family). The cards are designed to grow with your family.
We received a sample pack of 10 cards, which is available to order from the Around The Table website. We absolutely loved the idea to pull funny faces and my 15 month old was able to join in the fun. We also enjoy dinner time out as a family and have taken these to restaurants with us. It has been a great way to remove the screens at the table and take the stress away from trying to create meaningful conversation. I also enjoyed the engagement between my husband and I when we used these cards. They improve every relationship.
Around The Table currently have a pre-order promo and will commence their first shipment in the coming weeks. We can't wait to receive our full pack! With each purchase, they are also donating to schools or communities that prioritise meal times with families.
Visit Around The Table to order your pack. Start spending your time and energy being part of the conversation and not creating it.
Note: View Around The Table's website for more information about research and benefits of family meal times.*