Growing up we always ate dinner together as a family. At the dinner table. No television, no cell phones (because we didn't have any), just the six of us talking about our day, or fighting about something, but whatever. Until we reached middle/high school age and away games got in the way. So we switched it to breakfast. Until college, we all ate breakfast as a family before we went off to our various schools/jobs. And now that we are all adults, we still have family dinner once a week at my grandma's house. It's important, and if you're not doing it, you may want to pick up a copy of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids by Anne K. Fishel, Ph.D. who is a professor at Harvard Medical School and a mother, so she knows how important family dinners are.
Home for Dinner is not only filled with healthy and easy to make recipes, there is also a major focus on how to initiate meaningful conversations and multiple ways to connect with your kids at any age...during dinner. Fishel does go a little psychologist on us, but when there is evidence showing that family dinners enhance children's intellectual functioning, promote mental health and improve physical health, why wouldn't she share it?