Did you grow up sitting around the table as a family for dinner? We did and it was usually very entertaining and the food was always good.
This simple practice seems like a lost art in today's busy society. At our house it is my desire that we eat dinner as a family most nights. By 6:00pm I want to be sitting down, as a family, to an unrushed dinner.
6:00pm is my cut-off time for house work for the day. The time where my focus shifts and is not on the house/chores/ga-zillion things that could be done. Or I should say this is the pattern I am striving for.
To make this happen it means I have to either plan ahead or deny myself.
The Family Table is a time to enjoy good food and conversation as a family (and/or with friends you've invited over). It is not the place for correction/rebuke etc (unless you have young children you are training for good table manners), we will make other times for that. I want my boys to remember dinner time as one of the highlights of the day. A place where they can come and talk and be heard. A place to laugh and enjoy the rest of the family, and of course my gourmet cooking.