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View Poll Results: Do you still eat in your dining room? 🍽️
I eat mostly on the run: car, bus, train, shop, office, etc.
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I eat only in my kitchen
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16.33%
I eat at home, but not in my kitchen
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I generally eat in my dining room
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My dining room is a museum, except for Thanksgiving
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The Devolution of the American Lifestyle

Old 06-19-19, 02:38 PM
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My wife and I eat almost daily at a dining area in the kitchen, but we use the dining room a half-dozen times a month when family or other guests are with us for dinner.
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Old 06-19-19, 07:32 PM
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
As an aside... I say this... teach your children to play music... it is a gift they will cherish later in life.
Funny you should make that aside. I've been watching videos of clarinet player making some beautify music, and pining for those old times. Both my sister and I leaned to play clarinet in school. She gave it up after a year (the clarinet is super challenging instrument), but I continued through high school.
Sunday breakfast is slow and fancier. But that is just the one day a week.
I used to ask my family what they wanted for Sunday breakfast and make the huge meals with all the fixins: Pancakes, waffles, muffins, omelettes, whatever they wanted, and all from scratch.

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My wife is forever on the kids to eat their snacks at the table, and not at the computer desk or on the couch or upstairs in the bedrooms, but that's about keeping crumbs contained.

I heard a story on NPR a number of years back about how this is a significant cultural change across the U.S. It used to be a dinette set would be the first purchase for a new couple or new young adult setting up on their own. But it has gotten to where there are tons of families across the country who never have (and maybe never will) buy a dining table&chairs, and do all their eating around the TV.

I like to think that our family's regular practice of gathering around the table has made for (is making for) stronger family bonds and more character instilled in the kids, regardless of how trivial the 'conversation' seems on any particular evening. I hope when my kids get married and raise families they will eat together regularly.
Its a great time to get to talk to your kids and find out how was their day, and what's going on in their lives. Not to cross examine them mind you. But just to allow them to reveal what they want you to know going on of interest in their lives.
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Old 06-20-19, 09:36 AM
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Originally Posted by KraneXL View Post
Its a great time to get to talk to your kids and find out how was their day, and what's going on in their lives. Not to cross examine them mind you. But just to allow them to reveal what they want you to know going on of interest in their lives.
Yeah, we don't seem to have that "how was school today?" "fine" thing. I'm not sure we ever ask non-specific questions like that. Usually I try to ask how a particular thing is going that I know they're involved in, or have coming up.

Actually I remember a couple times the past month when my youngest asked me 'How was work today, dad?' or 'What did you do at work today?' Half because he's actually curious, but in a tone that suggests its half a goof. It's actually pretty tough to answer such broad questions, because there's so much context of what's going on at work that they're out of the loop on. Maybe the same reason is why kids usually don't respond well to 'how was school today'?
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Old 06-20-19, 10:40 AM
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Old 06-20-19, 11:59 AM
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Originally Posted by RubeRad View Post
Yeah, we don't seem to have that "how was school today?" "fine" thing. I'm not sure we ever ask non-specific questions like that. Usually I try to ask how a particular thing is going that I know they're involved in, or have coming up.

Actually I remember a couple times the past month when my youngest asked me 'How was work today, dad?' or 'What did you do at work today?' Half because he's actually curious, but in a tone that suggests its half a goof. It's actually pretty tough to answer such broad questions, because there's so much context of what's going on at work that they're out of the loop on. Maybe the same reason is why kids usually don't respond well to 'how was school today'?
They're essentially a question of anything unusual or out of the ordinary. But yeah, open-ended questions do work best. I've always been fond of the indirect method.
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Old 06-20-19, 02:49 PM
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Growing up, we ate around the table, starting with grace...

And now, we only eat in the dining room, around a table, very occasionally. More often in the living room.
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Old 06-21-19, 01:04 AM
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Originally Posted by mconlonx View Post
Growing up, we ate around the table, starting with grace...

And now, we only eat in the dining room, around a table, very occasionally. More often in the living room.
Ahhh... but you HAVE a dining room... this is something I have never had. I have never lived in a house with a formal dining room.

I have relatives and friends that have such a thing... but I have only ever had a table near a kitchen that itself was part of a much larger room.

In fact I have never lived in a house that had a door or doorway separating kitchen from larger open living area. At best there has always been a sit at counter that "divided" or delineated the space... but it was open, and not a separate room.

I have looked at houses that had kitchens that were separated rooms... but those kitchens always seemed small and tunnel like to me... and oddly, l don't recall any of those places having a dining room... wow, tiny kitchen, no dining room... where would one eat? Probably why I never bought one of those places.
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Old 06-21-19, 07:46 AM
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Open floor plan with dining table not in the dining room. Other than Friday night (or whatever night works into the schedule) which is pizza/movie night, the whole family sits down at the table. No phone calls or electronic devices allowed.
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Old 06-21-19, 09:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
With an modern open floor plan home like ours there is no "dining room".
We cook most of my own meals for ourselves, family and friends and we sit down to eat at the kitchen table together, mostly.
We are kitchen people helping in the tasks of meal prep and/or just hanging about in the comfortable open space adjacent to the kitchen but meals are a sit-down TV/Devices-Off tradition.
We don't own TV trays and if you want a meal it isn't carried off to be consumed in a bedroom, but complex schedules, illness and work times are accommodated as best as we can.

Out of the home one does as best as one can by not eating total junk and sitting down to enjoy it as much as one can, although walking along eating an occasional hot dog on a nice day works for me.
Wolfing down food-like substances in an automobile? Nope.

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Golly. This could have been my answer. Verbatim. The only difference is that our open plan also includes a dining room that we do use on occasion. Maybe 10-15 times per year when entertaining.
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Originally Posted by genec View Post
Ahhh... but you HAVE a dining room... this is something I have never had. I have never lived in a house with a formal dining room.

I have relatives and friends that have such a thing... but I have only ever had a table near a kitchen that itself was part of a much larger room.
Recall, the OP says "oes anyone still eat in their dining rooms, or kitchens at home?" As I read it, the intent of the question was about dining at a dining table vs on the couch or on the go.

FWIW though thinking back over the maybe 10-20 houses/apartments I've lived in growing up, through school, and on my own, maybe 1 had a 'formal' dining room, meaning a room that was architecturally separated (by walls with doors or at least open archways) from both the kitchen and the 'living room'. But all of those places had at least what would be clearly designated a 'dining area', a place architecturally designated to contain a dining table (usually at least by a hanging light/chandelier intended to illuminate the table).
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