The dining room, used to be the core of every home. I know there will be some of you that don’t have a separate dining room or space and prefer to eat your meals on the go, or on your lap while enjoying screen time.
Some might say that this is purely just an age thing. However, I think that it has more to do with the busyness of modern life and the design changes within our homes.
In the past, there was always someone at home during the day preparing meals, that everyone would come together to eat, at least once each day.
For many, this is not so anymore. Often, there is no one home during the day to prepare meals. Or, everyone comes and goes at various times, eating a fast food meal on the go.
With a move towards open living, many have decided that there is no longer a need for a separate dining room and choose, to allocate space within the living space for a dining table or seating at the kitchen bench.
Then, there are those living in inner city apartments. Which, are often built without any consideration for a separate dining space, or suitable bench space to enable it to be used for dining.
The research shows, that choosing not to have a separate dining space or making the effort comes at a great cost to the residents of that home.
It’s been proven that when people come together over food, they are more relaxed and inclined to take part in conversation.
Without this opportunity, the relationships between the residents will cease to exist, along with any sense of belonging.
Sitting at a table or bench rather than having it perched on your lap, has been shown to aide digestion and reduce the risk of obesity and other eating disorders.
For households with young children, it provides a space for them to do homework and other activities while being visible to others in the home.
Sharing meals in a separate dining space, provides opportunities for the next generation to practice their communication skills and table manners.
Having my own teenager in the house, I know how difficult it can be to get them to join you for a meal, and share in the conversation. However, the time and effort you put in to make this happen is well worth it.
The evidence shows that teens who spend time sharing a meal with their family are more likely to have greater self-confidence and do well at school. They are also, less likely to participate in anti-social behaviour or experience mental illness.
If your home has a separate dining space, it’s time to cast a critical eye over this area. Taking photographs of this space, so that you see this space as it really is. Then, ask yourself the following questions to provide a starting point for reinventing your dining area.
If you don’t already have a dining space and can now see the value of incorporating one into your home, ask yourself the following questions to decide what kind of dining space would best suit your home.
Armed with all this information it’s time to take up the challenge and provide your home with a dining space that encourages you to make the time to share a meal with those in your universe.
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