Friday, 26 August 2016

Turning the Tables on Technology with Dolmio #TechFreeTables

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.

video

I also have a fabulous Dolmio hamper to giveaway (worth £50) as I would love to hear your tips for banishing technology at the dinner table.  


If you would like to enter please fill out the form below by the 26th of September.

Win a Dolmio Hamper Worth £50

288 comments:

  1. I hate tech at the table so it's quite simple here. No food if there is tech on the table. I encourage to speak about our day instead.

    ReplyDelete
  2. Marie Jacobs
    No desert if there is technology at dinner table and its working

    Cheers for super chance

    ReplyDelete
  3. It's just something we have never done and haven't really had a problem. I guess setting the rules at an early age has really helped.

    ReplyDelete
  4. We never have any technology on the table.

    ReplyDelete
  5. So banned at dinner table - it's sometimes the only chance you have to talk together

    ReplyDelete
  6. Technology in the fruit bowl! It's banned!

    ReplyDelete
  7. We dont use any technology at the table. I have brought my kids up to not use technology at the table and that they can use it aftwards when they have finished eating.

    ReplyDelete
  8. whilst the weather is nice, i get everyone outside away from anything electrical! the boys play more outside whilst tea cooks and we get to enjoy the sunshine

    ReplyDelete
  9. We don't have technology in our home at the dinner table, I even turn the tele off if its on due to the little one sitting there more ingrossed in the tele than eating her dinner, we sit and talk about what we've done throughout the day and we tell "Daddy" then he will tell us what he has done at work it's nice to sit down as a family at the dinner table and talk whilst eating dinner ☺️ ��������������Laura Jayne��������������

    ReplyDelete
  10. Spencer Broadley27 August 2016 at 07:38

    We just order all to be turned off and if anybody doesn't they get no sweet/dessert - adults included!!

    ReplyDelete
  11. Technology at the table is banned.....in fact it's banned for two hours in total between five and seven pm.....it's the time we use to talk, prep tea, eat eat, clear up etc. Then and only then when everyone has helped can technology be resumed!

    ReplyDelete
  12. We don't allow techno!ogy at the table, we chat about our day. Admittedly the boys eat quick if they are mid game!

    ReplyDelete
  13. We've never really used tech at the table although my son sometimes has to be frowned at if his phone rings.

    ReplyDelete
  14. It's never been allowed, so it's not something my two would expect :)

    ReplyDelete
  15. Family Rule Number 1! My children are 35, 30 and 29 and they wouldn't dream of using their phone at my table therefore my Grandchildren are learning by example what is acceptable and what is not.

    ReplyDelete
  16. It's a rule
    No tech at the table - it is allowed to answer phones but if it's for chats they have to ring back

    ReplyDelete
  17. Allison Sullivan27 August 2016 at 19:06

    Meal time is family time with no gadgets of any sort allowed.ever the 2 eldest aged 21 and 19 don't use phones x

    ReplyDelete
  18. We have NO tech whatsoever at the table. Even if I hear my phone ring, I will leave it until our family meal is over. It's frightening to see just how many people lose the ability of a normal conversation just because of tech getting in the way.

    ReplyDelete
  19. No pudding at all if there is tech, no talk no sweet!

    ReplyDelete
  20. They are all switched off & put into a basket in a basket on the living room table :)

    ReplyDelete
  21. We have never had gadgets at the dinner table or tv at mealtimes. Think its important to chat about everyones day.

    ReplyDelete
  22. We never allow it from the beginning, all tech stays away from the table and they get uused to it

    ReplyDelete
  23. great for flavour

    ReplyDelete
  24. We never allow it at the table , its something we have never done, so hopefully are setting a good example x

    ReplyDelete
  25. Tell them straight no phones of tablets at the table. For the amount of time we sit down and eat its not a huge sacrafice

    ReplyDelete
  26. My tip is Just Say No. End of discussion. If they bring it to the table, they have to hand it over to put somewhere else.

    ReplyDelete
  27. never have any technology at the table

    ReplyDelete
  28. We do sometimes have technology at the table as its just easier and often the only time I can get DS to sit down to eat!

    Dolmio spag bol is DS's fave meal! :)

    ReplyDelete
  29. Family time you will have to wait

    ReplyDelete
  30. I'm so guilty of doing this! Just lots of talking tends to banish the tech anyway.

    ReplyDelete
  31. Talking about our day, keeps the techno away, and the fact that meal times are for eating.

    ReplyDelete
  32. The parental controls on the internet are used to stop any sneaky internet whilst the food is being prepared, cooked an eaten. The Internet is notavailable to anyone at all whilst we have food. Everyone usually helps in the kitchen to prepare, cook and serve the food. The T.V. Is turned off and any mobile phones are left on a shelf to charge up while we cook and eat. We don't always eat at the table. Sometimes we eat together in the garden or in the summer we have a barbecue picnic outside and sometimes on Birthdays, at celebrations, etc., we sit the person who's Birthday it is at the table and they are waited on and made a fuss of to make them feel special. The only time tech is used at the table is whenwe use the electric salt and pepper grinders.
    If we have guests over, they are encouraged to get involved with food prep and cooking and to leave their phone to charge so we can focuss on making them fell as though they really are part of our family and if we are visiting we always offer to help in the kitchen or lay the table for our hosts anf if they use tech at the table we respect that they do, but we don't and try to engage in conversation with the tech user to remind them they have company and are being a little bit inconsiderate towards their guests, but not everyone gets the hint, but that's fine aswe aren't enforcers, but engagers and if any of our hosts want to use tech at their dinner table, then that is fine, their house, their rules.

    ReplyDelete
  33. It just isn't on, when having a meal you should be enjoying the meal and the people's company who are there with you. It's a given - no tech.

    ReplyDelete
  34. Samantha Wheeler29 August 2016 at 06:31

    The adults set the example!

    ReplyDelete
  35. We dont have any technology at the table as it is already banned and the kids don't mind!

    ReplyDelete
  36. Set rules by example, so no body brings any tech to the table even the adults.

    ReplyDelete
  37. We have a no mobiles or iPads allowed in the dinning room that includes adults as well. Meal times are catch up on the day's events only :)

    ReplyDelete
  38. has to apply at all mealtimes, give in once and will pester to do again

    ReplyDelete
  39. Just to not bring it in the room when we have dinner

    ReplyDelete
  40. Hard and rigid rules on the matter !

    ReplyDelete
  41. We just leave all technology in another room

    ReplyDelete
  42. we all sit and talk we never distract ourselfs with technology

    ReplyDelete
  43. we always sit at the table in the kitchen away from any tvs etc at tea time as a family we leave all technology in another room

    ReplyDelete
  44. Just say no gadgets at the table and start them young they'll always know the rule then.

    ReplyDelete
  45. Make sure it's a solid rule, right from the beginning

    ReplyDelete
  46. No phones or laptops at the dinner table!

    ReplyDelete
  47. Stick to your guns & make them know that you are the boss

    ReplyDelete
  48. Never had them at the table, never have and never will

    ReplyDelete
  49. If you never start it then it is never a problem - lead by example

    ReplyDelete
  50. Shut down wifi at mealtimes if no attention paid to polite requests not to use it

    ReplyDelete
  51. do a 5 minute warning countdown THEN never allow technology at the table :)

    ReplyDelete
  52. Quite a simple routine to get into really.

    ReplyDelete
  53. We have a family ground rule that no tech items are allowed in the dinning room during meal times

    ReplyDelete
  54. the kids dont bring thier tech to the table at first i had to turn off the internet now they know its a rule, its only time we sit down together to chat as a family!

    ReplyDelete
  55. Just say no - you are the parent!

    ReplyDelete
  56. Tablets and Phones banned from 6-7 every evening

    ReplyDelete
  57. I just ask for them to be left in another room whilst we eat :)

    ReplyDelete
  58. It seems strange to me that for the time it takes to have a meal you can't be away from gadgets x

    ReplyDelete
  59. a firm 'No' - technology has its place elsewhere but not at mealtimes

    ReplyDelete
  60. Just a simple ban, with adults included, and setting a good example.

    ReplyDelete
  61. No phones or tablets at table, simple! My rule!

    ReplyDelete
  62. Rules of no tech at the table from day 1 and setting time limits for use.

    ReplyDelete
  63. Use mealtimes to plan: you could plan days out, meals for the week, holidays...gets the family thinking and talking!

    ReplyDelete
  64. we have never had tech at the table and no tv on whilst eating or the children get distracted/engrossed and don't eat. It is never a problem they have known from a young age that it's not allowed and we encourage talking and conversations at the table

    ReplyDelete
  65. It's never been allowed - and it won't be in the future :) #nastyMum

    ReplyDelete
  66. I don't know any tips but the rule is not allowed.

    ReplyDelete
  67. No tech allowed at the table whether at home or in a restaurant

    ReplyDelete
  68. I've never allowed it, so it's never been a problem in our house!! We don't even allow the to to be on!!

    ReplyDelete
  69. We simply don't allow it, if a phone is sneaked to the table it gets taken away for 24 hours, it's a very rare event these days!

    ReplyDelete
  70. When out with my friends having a meal, we have an agreement - the first person that looks at or uses their phone pays the food bill.

    ReplyDelete
  71. Don't allow phones, tablets etc at the the table likewise TV is turned off.

    ReplyDelete
  72. Eat in a room where there is no telly and ban phones while eating, like it was when we were kids.

    ReplyDelete
  73. Turn off the WiFi!

    ReplyDelete
  74. there is a basket outside the dining room, all the phones go into the basket before dinner

    ReplyDelete
  75. It's just a rule we have, no phones etc at the table, we eat together as a family every day. Everyone just knows not to even consider playing on tech whilst at the table :)

    ReplyDelete
  76. we have the 'basket of doom' where everyone sulks and puts their gadgets before we sit down and nothing leaves until everyone is finished

    ReplyDelete
  77. Same as most - we just have a rule and everyone follows it. They can play with phones when dinner is over.

    ReplyDelete
  78. It's a straight choice between tech and eat; simple

    ReplyDelete
  79. The kids are on a seperate wifi so I turn it off. They even come running for tea once their devices are no longer connected to the internet without me having to shout them lol.

    ReplyDelete
  80. Tech gadgets are not permitted at the table and never have been :-))

    ReplyDelete
  81. Just not allowed at the table, much more relaxed without a phone there

    ReplyDelete
  82. Mmmmm, spag bol nom nom nom

    ReplyDelete
  83. I just threaten them that they wont be able to use the microwave ever again ;)

    ReplyDelete
  84. Involve the kids with making the meal, and involve them in conversation they are more likely to forget their tech if involved in other activities. CHERYL HADFIELD

    ReplyDelete
  85. We have a very strict no phones or tablets at the dinner table, and we always have family dinners at the dining room table.

    ReplyDelete
  86. To accommodate people who struggle with understimulation, music on in the background is usually enough to help them focus and not need to use any tech, I find.

    Of course, some people are easily *over*stimulated and need either only food and conversation, or even no conversation while they just eat.

    So it's a question of communicating honestly and kindly and negotiating something that suits people as well as is possible.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And of course this applies to all ages and abilities. It's never too early to start learning how to communicate and negotiate sensory/cognitive needs.

      Delete
  87. We always talk over dinner so there isn't really much time for tech at the table.

    ReplyDelete
  88. All phones go on charge in another room whilst we are eating so that they are not tempted to sneak in them

    ReplyDelete
  89. Sitting down together and talking about our day

    ReplyDelete
  90. its just banned! dinner time is catching up time!

    ReplyDelete
  91. It's banned at the table, we like to chat, they get it back quicker if its a clean plate :)

    ReplyDelete
  92. I've always been bought up not to use tech as for one wasn't invented lol and bad manners lol so I'd pass it on. Dinner times family time x

    ReplyDelete
  93. It's family time, no tech allowed!

    ReplyDelete
  94. We have never allowed tech at the table so it never seems to be a problem as we are all used to not having phones or tablets around when eating

    ReplyDelete
  95. No gadgets at the table, that’s the rule. It’s not a problem in our house. They’re all too busy eating!

    ReplyDelete
  96. Its not a problem here, we just have no tech while eating at the table

    ReplyDelete
  97. Make sure the adults don't have tech either to set a good example, it works here!

    ReplyDelete
  98. rule never at the table or no going out

    ReplyDelete
  99. It just does not happen. So it is not expected.

    ReplyDelete
  100. we have a no device dinning room it is the place we eat and chat!

    ReplyDelete
  101. we just have the rule no tech allowed and put them all in another room

    ReplyDelete
  102. Chat to your kids and ask them about their day

    ReplyDelete
  103. Tech at the dinner table? Not a problem for us -- we just don't do it.

    ReplyDelete
  104. We have never had tech up the table it is an unwritten rule

    ReplyDelete
  105. Whoever looks at their phone first has to pay for dinner or wash up

    ReplyDelete
  106. rule no gadgets at table but use time for charging them

    ReplyDelete
  107. Top tip to ensure no technology at the dining table turn off the router and just like shoes when you enter the house leave all tech in the hallway :D

    ReplyDelete
  108. In our home at meals time we put all our electronic gadgets into a basket,i don't return them until we have all finished our meal and had a good chat about our day.

    ReplyDelete
  109. I'm totally with you on the no gadgets at the dinner table rule! The eldest has just started properly using his phone, and is forever fiddling with it lately. When it comes to mealtimes, no arguments, it's handed over as they're not allowed at the dinner table!

    ReplyDelete
  110. Have a padded box for everyone's phone to go in. No phone is allowed to be answered even the house phone during meals. They will either ring you back or it wasn't that important.

    ReplyDelete
  111. I live with my wife and father in law. we use tech at the table but it doesn't affect our appetite or our conversation so no worries

    ReplyDelete
  112. This is mainly my boyfriends mum who has a problem with it as she is not a technology person so gets frustrated when people sit at the dinner table with their phones constantly pinging. Its mainly my boyfriends dad who gets told of constantly and told to put his phone away

    ReplyDelete
  113. I keep a bowl of water and any tech at the table goes for a swim.

    ReplyDelete
  114. my kids only have a certain amount of time allowed on their kindles and it ends before dinner time, my kids are so ignorant when they are on them we've had no choice but to restrict it

    ReplyDelete
  115. It just isn't allowed at all at the table, if I had to, I would just turn off the wifi #IHaveThePower

    ReplyDelete
  116. I have a particular dislike of seeing people using tech at the dinner table so i don't think any of my sons would dare too!

    ReplyDelete
  117. we have rules no tech at the table or no meal it always works

    ReplyDelete
  118. put phones ipads in a bowl and get them back after tea x

    ReplyDelete
  119. Tech is simply not allowed at the table, no matter what the meal is. It's family time

    ReplyDelete
  120. All phones must be left in a different room, so that there is no sneaky texting under the table.

    ReplyDelete
  121. Easy peasy - the WiFi is turned off and phones are banned at the kitchen table

    ReplyDelete
  122. I've never had a problem and I'm the worst for using technology. It's simply not brought to the table. I do always make sure everyone has a few minutes warning.

    ReplyDelete
  123. I have never allowed technology during meal times in our home, we enjoy spending family time at the table, we discuss each others days and often plan what we will do that evening or for the upcoming weekend :)

    ReplyDelete
  124. We compromise by allowing the telly on only.

    ReplyDelete
  125. Start as you mean to go on, I've never allowed it so now it's not even an issue

    ReplyDelete
  126. We as the adults don't use ours so children don't use theirs - if we keep to it so do they

    ReplyDelete
  127. It's just not allowed at our dinner table, meal times are tech free!

    ReplyDelete
  128. Its never been a problem as its just not allowed :D

    ReplyDelete
  129. We make sure we leave our phones in the living room, it's far too easy to keep checking them if they are in sight

    ReplyDelete
  130. all have 5 mins to chat about our day (during this times others sat round table ask questions and comment too to the one who is having 5 mins. before you know it all tables done and so is dinner :)

    ReplyDelete
  131. TV is turned off and we just talk at the table until after pudding is eaten

    ReplyDelete
  132. No tv in the kitchen so they cant watch anything and they just bring clean hands to the table!

    ReplyDelete
  133. Tazer gun, lol seriously though still a believer in Sunday dinner at table undisturbed by pads, tablets, telly or phone

    ReplyDelete
  134. We have a full blanket ban. No toys or technology at the table. That goes for adult family members and relatives too.

    ReplyDelete
  135. Have never allowed tech at the table so it's not an issue.

    ReplyDelete
  136. we eat in a room that doesn't have a tv and the ipad and mobile phones aren't allowed at the table.

    ReplyDelete
  137. We don't use our phones at the table

    ReplyDelete
  138. I don't have any children but if I did, they wouldn't have any of those gadgets anyway.

    ReplyDelete
  139. Can't believe just seen this Luv Dolmio

    ReplyDelete
  140. Turn of the router at the plug!

    ReplyDelete
  141. Tables are places for family and food not for technology! So no tech has to go to the table with anyone.

    ReplyDelete
  142. I think it is best to have routine and boundaries. No technology at Dining Table. Meal times are for meals. " There is a time and a place for everything". Ideally a study area for use of computer, and parents allowed to supervise etc. As children need guidance, support, protection etc.

    Rachel Craig

    ReplyDelete
  143. Children have been brought up to understand that phones and tablets at the table is JUST BAD MANNERS!

    ReplyDelete
  144. I get the kids to help cook dinner, lay the table and clean up so they just don't have time for tech!

    ReplyDelete
  145. I make the adults set the example and not use their phones.

    ReplyDelete
  146. First one to reach for their phone/tablet gets to do the dishes! Works a charm for adults and kids.

    ReplyDelete
  147. We dont use tech at the dinner table :-)

    ReplyDelete
  148. No tv in the kitchen/dining room and no electronics brought to the table when we all sit down together for dinner to discuss our day.

    ReplyDelete
  149. Technology stays on the stairs until dinner is over x

    ReplyDelete
  150. have a chat about your day and holiday/ weekend plans

    ReplyDelete
  151. We've never let it be introduced in the first place, so it isn't an issue - if the food is good, the conversation will flow and nobody will want to be distracted by tech. And everybody loves pasts, so it's the perfect introduction to no-tech mealtimes

    ReplyDelete
  152. I was always threatened with no dessert when I wasn't doing what was wanted. It worked but I wasn't happy..

    ReplyDelete
  153. it is just a natural part of teaching good manners. We have just never allowed it and let all guests know "the rules" - never had a problem with anyone on it

    ReplyDelete
  154. if phone comes out at dinner time then no pudding! (@PeanutHog)

    ReplyDelete
  155. Be firm and follow up on threats/promises

    ReplyDelete
  156. we turn of the router at meal times so the family has no choice but to join in with the conversation at meal times

    ReplyDelete
  157. The rule in our house is that phones are banned from the dinner table

    ReplyDelete
  158. We have just always had a rule of no toys/tech at the table and the children have never even tried to bring anything to the table :)

    ReplyDelete
  159. weve never had any problems as all tech is banned and has been since day 1! start as you mean to go on, make the most of the family meal times

    ReplyDelete
  160. Meal times mean no phones so that everyone can talk without being distracted!

    ReplyDelete
  161. no food if the TV is on. And I must not have my phone either!

    ReplyDelete
  162. I'm an old bag (grandma) so its always been a no no, anyone crosses me and you are grounded (lol)

    ReplyDelete
  163. Adults must set a good example here, no phones or games, that means you too!

    ReplyDelete
  164. Have clear and consistent rules, and lead by example - one rule for everyone, adults and children!

    ReplyDelete
  165. Technology in the side board It's completely banned!

    ReplyDelete
  166. We never allow any technology on the dining table it must be left on the coffee table until family meals are finished

    ReplyDelete
  167. We've never banned technology at the table we just don't use it, however it does seem more of an issue when we are out in company with other people - sometimes every table you look at someone is using technology

    ReplyDelete
  168. If the phone comes out at the dinner table the phone is confiscated.

    ReplyDelete
  169. Setting the rules and sticking to it, if not then it gets turned off or turn the internet off.

    ReplyDelete
  170. Our rule has always been no phones or gadgets at the table as too many destractions

    ReplyDelete
  171. Our rule has always been no phones or gadgets at the table as too many destractions

    ReplyDelete
  172. No tech at our dinner table absolutely can't stand it!! nobody allowed it and if kids try to use it they lose it for the next day ;-)

    ReplyDelete
  173. It simply isn't allowed at mealtimes. And never has been. If rules are set in place then everyone knows where they stand

    ReplyDelete
  174. We eat in the kitchen. There is no TV in there and no phones/iPads are allowed.

    ReplyDelete
  175. Eat together at the dining table. No tech allowed for either adults or grandchildren :)

    ReplyDelete
  176. Eat together as a family at the dinner table and have a conversation about your day.

    ReplyDelete
  177. i tell my kids they wont be having any cake if they dont put there mobiles etc away,it always works

    ReplyDelete
  178. We never have it at the table. Everything is switched off. Phones aren't allowed to be in the same room.

    ReplyDelete