I have often been warned, as I’ve been raising my four kids, about the importance of family dinner time and how distracting devices can be when dinner time rolls around. When my kids were really little, I simply didn’t see the big deal – spending meal times together was easy! It wasn’t a problem for us at all. I mean, half the time was spent just trying to get food into their mouths instead of all over themselves.
Then they started getting older.
Even then, it wasn’t a huge deal. We simply had a rule in our house that no devices are allowed at the dinner table. What I didn’t anticipate, however, was that I would be the one having trouble leaving my phone off and put away come supper time. Not a good example at all.
I, like many women out there, work from home, and my phone functions, at times, like my handheld office. I have it with me everywhere and I have been called out more than once on having it at the table. Yikes! I believe in the importance of family dinner time, but sometimes breaking away can be hard. And believe me, it’s rubbing off on my kids.
How hard is it to get your kids (or yourselves) to break away from cell phones/devices for dinner?
Do their phones (or yours) sometimes make it into the dining room? Please tell me I’m not alone!
In today’s world, work emails, text messages, and social media often manage to find their way into dinnertime, interrupting important moments that should be shared with family. I have been learning just how important dinner time together really is – and how it’s vital to be present, in every way, during those precious minutes.
I want to share one way we found our family was able to disconnect from technology and reconnect with one another.
You’re going to love this!
You probably already know about the delicious dinner rolls from Sister Schubert’s (and they are simply amazing!) – those scrumptious, buttery rolls that taste like homemade – but they took dinner time to the next level with their “Basket of Warmth”. Okay, this is SO COOL! I mean, WARM.
They have created a basket, perfect for keeping their delicious dinner rolls warm, but this basket has a twist – there are ports to plug in your electronic devices! Boom! The Basket of Warmth keeps your freshly baked Sister Schubert’s rolls warm throughout dinner. But there’s one catch. The basket only works if everyone’s phones are plugged into it. It not only keeps the rolls warm throughout dinner, but it also charges the phones, while keeping them out of the way during family dinnertime. Amazing, right?
What a great reminder to plug those devices in and set them aside during meal time.
Sister Schubert’s dinner rolls are easy to prepare together, taste amazing, and are the perfect addition to almost any meal. They are easy to find at your nearest Walmart store, too. My kids love being my little helpers!
Every time you place that basket of warmth on the table, you are reminded to unplug and reconnect with one another. It’s also a reminder to get talking!
Do you have a hard time getting the conversation started? Start dinner with a few conversation starters like these and see where things go:
- Do you know how your name, or your parent’s names, were chosen?
- If you could have any superpower, what would it be? And why?
- What is your favorite family tradition? Why?
- What’s your favorite song? Do you know Mom’s favorite song?
- What was your favorite part of your last vacation?
We fully support the idea of reconnecting with one another over dinner and love that Sister Schubert’s is making that easier than ever. We love their focus on family togetherness!
What do you say? Is it time to break away from devices and make ALL dinners warm?
*This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sister Schubert’s, available at Walmart.