Take the pledge with Dixie and go #DarkForDinner this Sunday. Turn off all your electronics and get to know your family!
This post is sponsored by Dixie.
Growing up, my family would always have the TV on during dinner. My dad had the head spot at the table, facing the TV of course, and we would watch shows or movies while we ate. When the Mister and I got married, we both made a decision that we wanted to have the TV off during dinner. We’ve always done that, but something we sometimes struggle with is our cell phones.
When I heard about Dixie’s #DarkForDinner campaign, I absolutely knew I wanted to be a part of it. #DarkForDinner is a movement that encourages families to be more present in the moments that matter most and spend more meaningful time together, especially during dinner. #DarkForDinner encourages families to put away all electronics (including cell phones!) and turn off computers and TVs during dinner in order to really appreciate the time together as a family, distraction-free.
This Sunday, I am going to go #DarkForDinner, and I would encourage all of you guys to join me! For one family dinner, put away or turn off all your electronics, don’t answer any work calls or emails, and no posting to social media. Really spend time together and pay attention to what really matters most in life–your family.
My husband has been out of town almost three of the last four weeks, and the rest of us have been away 1 1/2 weeks, so I am really looking forward to sitting down to a distraction-free dinner together on Sunday. We’ve missed being home together for Sunday dinners for the last three weeks, so it’s going to be really nice to sit down and spend time together without any distractions keeping us apart.
Spending time together as a family is super important to me. I know that as my kids get bigger, it’s going to be harder to have sit-down dinners together as a family. So right now, I want to cherish every moment of our time together, including during dinner, and make sure the time we do have together is quality. My kids are already growing up too fast, and I want to enjoy them while they are little. And since dinner is one time of the day that we are all together, I want to make the most of it.
I took a Child Development class in college and we talked about all of the benefits of family dinner, including lower drug-use among children, higher self-esteem, better grades in school, and healthier eating habits. There are tons more (just Google it!) and seriously if eating family dinners together will help give my kids a better chance in this crazy world, we are definitely doing it!
I challenge you to join me as I go #DarkForDinner on Sunday by turning off all electronics, not answering any calls or emails, and not posting to social media. Don’t watch any television, don’t text your friends, and just enjoy your time with your family. I guarantee it will be a better dinner than if you had done any of those things.