At dinnertime I try and banish ALL technology from the dinner table! It’s not always easy; hubbie has just found the virtues of Pokemon Go and is convinced he will miss a rare one if he switches his phone off for more than a few minutes at a time. Admittedly he would not start playing until his own meal was finished, but he would wolf it down well before we even made a dent into our own dinners. I think we need to lead by example and if we don’t bring a phone to the dinner table the boys will hopefully learn to follow suit, without it turning into a battle.
Eldest has recently had his first mobile phone and can often be found texting his best friend, I wouldn’t mind so much as its good to encourage close friendships but most of the messages are completely random: “dear sir please let me dance” and “I am sending you my messages from the future”– and this can go on and on until he either runs out of credit or I moan at him to stop!!! Technology has its place of course; when we are out and about I would be lost without my phone to keep my blog ticking over.
But I still want dinnertime to be about us talking as a family, hopefully opening up conversation so we can learn more about each other’s days, our highs and lows. Although from the sounds of it I am not the only mum finding it hard to set tech boundaries, in the Dolmio® survey of 2,000 UK respondents one in three households have unsuccessfully tried to ban technology from the dinner table. It really is a big distraction; if your focus is on a screen your attention is away from your family so I can see why so many families want to ban it. I do not think it’s asking too much for everyone to down their phones and laptops for such a short period each day to spend quality time together. It’s very difficult though as it’s become second nature to be attached to our phones, even I feel a little lost when it’s not close to hand. It’s important to have a break though, step away from the technology and give your children the attention they deserve – personally I try and hide everything out of sight, so everyone has no choice but to chat to each other!
Dolmio want to help families reconnect around the dinner table, they realise its not going to be easy especially after discovering that the average family have 12 internet-connected devices!!! I think we are a bit shy of that figure at around eight, but still it illustrates just how much we have come to surround ourselves in technology. Fortunately Louise Redknapp is working alongside Dolmio in their bid for tech free tables, she has some fantastic practical tips that can make all the difference, my favourite is the one where the first to access technology at the table has to do the washing up, so simple but extremely effective especially for my own work shy boys! I think disconnecting them from the internet is a classic as you can see from the video below.
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