Family enjoying dinner without electronic devices.
Family enjoying dinner without electronic devices. Thinkstock

Switch off at the dinner table and rediscover family

FAMILIES across the Northern Rivers are being encouraged to ditch their devices at night and sit and talk to their kids while eating dinner together.

The Back to the Table initiative was launched by the group Focus on the Family Australia (FOTFA).

Formed in 1993, FOTFA is a not-for-profit organisation that offers relevant, practical support to help families thrive in every stage of life.

"We focus on real life issues and offering relevant, practical support for all members of the family," chief operating officer Brett Ryan said.

"The programs ensure that no matter what families are going through, whether it be as new parents, newlyweds or empty nesters, whatever your family's situation, we can be there for support.

"Getting back to the table is a simple solution where families can talk, listen and learn; discovering unconditional love, support and understanding."

To assist families in getting back to the table, FOTFA has created the Back to the Table website http://www.backtothetable.org.au.

The website contains suggestions for conversation starters between parents and children.

"What's the most courageous thing you've ever done?" is one suggested conversation.

"If you could be a superhero, what kind of power would you have?

"If you could invent one to make life easier for people, what would you invent?"

Last Saturday, FOTFA issued a challenge to families on its Facebook page.

"Spend at least one meal together with all technology turned off," the post said.



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