Top Tips to Banish Tech from the Dinner Table

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Flea turned 11 a couple of weeks ago. For the past year I’ve really noticed some changes. No, not those changes.

My pre-teen seems permanently attached to her iPhone these days. If it’s not Snapchat, it’s Instagram. If it’s not Instagram, it’s FaceTime, or a text message, or surfing Buzzfeed looking for quizzes.

We hiked up to a waterfall this summer, in Canada. We clambered up a trail, between beautiful fallen trees in the rainforest. After an hour, we were rewarded with views of falling water, sparkling in the sun. My face damp with spray, I looked over at my daughter. Who was throwing imaginary balls at a Pokemon, oblivious to everything around her.

Kids!

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According to a recent survey conducted by Dolmio, tech is ruining dinner time for families. Half of parents surveyed said dinner time was negatively affected by technology.

The survey of 2,000 parents found that one in three households has tried unsuccessfully to ban tech from the dining table. Close to half (48%) said they felt they had no way to stop tech at the table, even though more than eight out of ten said that tech free dinners were happier.

As a result Dolmio has invented a Pepper Hacker. This is a smart device that shuts off WiFi signals around the table. I think it might come in handy for a lot of my friends!

The folks at Dolmio want to bring families back together for tech-free dinners, and asked me to share some of the Whittle family’s top tips for #TechFreeTables.

Let’s Get Real

In an ideal world, I’m sure we’d all be sitting round the dinner table, Waltons-style, chatting about our days, and swapping interesting stories while we eat a delicious, made-from-scratch meal. Well, I don’t know about you, but that’s not our family.

By dinner-time, especially during the week, I’m shattered. Although I’m an awesome parent 99% of the time, sometimes I don’t have the energy to sit through an endless report on which Pokemon has evolved into what that day. I just want to cook something quick and simple for dinner, and stay awake long enough to eat it!

Kids aren’t great at small talk. Expecting a child to maintain conversation over a 45-minute meal is a BIG ask. It’s hardly surprising they get bored and would rather be texting their friends. Any question about Flea’s day will usually result in her telling me what was for lunch. Or I get a “not much” or “can’t remember” in response to any other question.

Over the years, though, we’ve held firm on our “no tech at the table” policy. To help that work, we’ve developed a series of idiotic games, challenges and activities that we use to keep mealtimes fun. Yes, they’re a teeny bit silly. 

Today I thought I’d share some of my favourite dinner games. Check out the video above to see five of our games in action last night, while we enjoyed a quick pasta bolognese for dinner. Or read our longer list of games below.

But that’s not all! Share your own dinner games with me in the comments, and you could win a £50 hamper of Dolmio goodies (see below for details):

Ten Dinner Games for Families

  1. Would you Rather: this is a really simple spoken challenge that’s pretty self-explanatory. Sometimes I’ll use it to get Flea thinking (“Would you rather be a builder, or a plumber?” and mostly Flea uses it to think up ways I might hypothetically be tortured (“Would you rather spend a thousand years sitting in lemon juice with cuts on your hands and feet, or have to poke yourself in the eye for the rest of your life?”) I know, right? Heart-warming.
  2. The Alphabet Game: I used to play this game as a kid with my brothers. Choose a topic like “boys’ names” or “capital cities” and you have to take turns naming a reply with each letter of the alphabet. So I might say Adam, Flea says Bob, and so on. Sometimes we vary it by playing “last letter” so if I say Adam, Flea might say Mark, and I say Karl…
  3. Categories: This is a variation of the above. We might choose a category like “chocolate bars for sale in the UK” and we have to take turns to come up with a chocolate bar. This is fun particularly for passionate arguments about whether a Jaffa Cake counts as a chocolate bar, or whether Hershey’s is a UK brand. It generally degenerates into chaos.
  4. Draw the Movie: If we’re eating out, one of our favourite dinner games to play is “draw the movie”. True story: I always keep a small exercise book and pens in my handbag for this reason. It is sobering as a graduate with a mortgage and my own business to realise that, no, I really don’t know how to draw a luck dragon. Although I will say the waitress at Schooners Seafood in Vancouver Island totally got that this was NeverEvending Story (even if Flea didn’t). Sometimes we make play the extreme version, by setting a 30-second time limit on the drawing side.
  5. Trivia Quizzes: Most little people are experts in something bizarre, and so Flea and I often quiz each other, Mastermind style, on our various areas of expertise. I might give her 10 questions on the TV show Modern Family, while she quizzes me on 80s movies. Usually a score of 7 out of 10 is qualify for dessert, while a 9 out of 10 might even score you some ice cream.
  6. Who am I? Pick a famous person, or fictional character, and the other person has to guess in 20 questions or less who you are. It’s a terrifying insight into how little your kids know about all the things you assume they’re learning at school. “Hans Christian Andersen? Is he related to Jennifer Aniston?” 
  7. Banned Letters: If Flea’s been away for the weekend, then I like to hear what she’s been up to. To make things more challenging, we pick a letter and Flea has to tell me about her weekend for at least one minute. Only she can’t use ANY words starting with the banned latter. If she loses, I get to eat her dessert. If she wins, she gets mine. We stopped playing this with my talking about my day, because Flea always banned “B” which meant I couldn’t use the words ‘blog’ or ‘blogger’. Kids are ruthless like that.
  8. Squares. Remember squares? It’s a pen and paper game that’s perfect for kids. Make a grid of dots (about 7×7 is a good size) and you take turns connecting 2 dots. Every time you complete a square, write your initial in the box. At the end of the game, the grid is complete, and you can count up all the squares to see who’s won.

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About 

Sally is a full-time blogger and founder of the Tots100, Trips100, Foodies100 and HIBS100 communities, along with the MAD Blog Awards. She spends a bit too much time on the Internet. She's also a very happy Mum to Flea, the world's coolest ten year old.

337 Comments

  1. Tracy K Nixon
    6th September 2016 / 6:12 am

    Everyone takes it in turn to say what they have enjoyed doing/seeing today or planning to do today!

  2. Tracey Peach
    6th September 2016 / 9:44 am

    Leave all tech in a basket in the other room none come into where we eat 🙂

  3. Peter Watson
    6th September 2016 / 9:53 am

    This is where grand parents come in handy.Grumpy grandmas can scare the pants off anyone with one look.My suggestion is to threaten them with their grandparents.

  4. Susan Lloyd
    6th September 2016 / 9:57 am

    We always talk about our day, and make sure everyone contributes x

  5. Warren Jacobs
    6th September 2016 / 9:57 am

    We ensure we eat at least one meal at the dining table, at the same time and without gadgets.

  6. amy fidler
    6th September 2016 / 9:58 am

    get them involved in the cooking,ans laying the table,i find helps x

  7. IAIN MACIVER
    6th September 2016 / 10:06 am

    usuall talk about the day what has everyone done

  8. Tania Atfield
    6th September 2016 / 10:34 am

    We talk about school and what happened in day but always ban all tech from table for everyone.

  9. kev banham
    6th September 2016 / 10:56 am

    Usually talk about the day

  10. mick proctor
    6th September 2016 / 11:15 am

    Make a game of hiding the devices

  11. Annabel Greaves
    6th September 2016 / 12:20 pm

    Turn off the TV and take away all the tech, like tablets, phones and handheld games consoles, it is nice to sit down to a family dinner together without everyone being distracted by the tech

  12. lucy higgins
    6th September 2016 / 12:25 pm

    we just have a little box which we use and everytime before mealtime we all put our phones in, its routine now. I think consistency is the key and keep following through with it

  13. kim neville
    6th September 2016 / 1:34 pm

    Our rule is no phones or any other gadgets while we sit down and eat out family dinner

  14. Mary Heald
    6th September 2016 / 3:13 pm

    Set rules for the start
    Make conversation interesting and involve everybody

  15. Linda King
    6th September 2016 / 3:27 pm

    When the grand kids come round they have to switch off all gaming devises and sit and talk about what they have done at School, their friends and what they would like to do at the weekend

  16. Kirsty Ward
    6th September 2016 / 4:07 pm

    No phone Rule! & get everyone Involved with Talking!!

  17. Sue McCarthy
    6th September 2016 / 5:12 pm

    I don’t have any kids but if I did, they wouldn’t have any of those gadgets anyway.

  18. Angela Treadway
    6th September 2016 / 5:15 pm

    we just dont allow any any tech at the table full stop x

  19. laura banks
    6th September 2016 / 7:36 pm

    turning of the router

  20. Nikki Fitzmaurice
    6th September 2016 / 8:10 pm

    We have a phone box, everything stays there whilst we eat at the table. The only tech allowed is a cd player with music we all listen to on low.

  21. Sam McKean
    6th September 2016 / 8:30 pm

    Our house rule is no tablets until after dinner.

  22. 6th September 2016 / 8:36 pm

    Loving your games. The little video really makes them come into life. The ‘tell me about your day’ one would be ideal with my 8yo. So tough to find out what they did at school. Taking it in turns with forbidden letters would make it brilliant, and maybe I’d find out what they did other than sitting in a classroom! The country one is also the kind of stuff he’d love.

  23. Amanda
    6th September 2016 / 8:49 pm

    We talk alot about our day and what are plans are the next day.

    We always laugh and keep it relaxed

  24. Laura Pritchard
    6th September 2016 / 8:51 pm

    Turn off the wifi during meals!

  25. Jennifer Bruce
    6th September 2016 / 9:00 pm

    Phone’s are left in another room, and it is reinforced by extended family who we eat once a weekend with. The more family involved, the stronger I feel about it.

  26. Paula Readings
    6th September 2016 / 9:09 pm

    We have a no tech rule at the table.. it works.

  27. 6th September 2016 / 10:11 pm

    all have 5 mins each whist sat eating dinner to say about our day (usually there are questions and coomentstoo) so it goes over but it does what it says and get everyone sat at the table all interacting with no tech result 🙂

  28. pete c
    6th September 2016 / 10:26 pm

    teach them good manners from the outset so they know what they shouldnt be doing to start with

  29. Lyndsey
    6th September 2016 / 10:28 pm

    turn off all devices

  30. Martina Pichova
    6th September 2016 / 10:42 pm

    Just say no- you are the parent!

  31. Kat Glynn
    6th September 2016 / 11:06 pm

    We have a no phones / tablets at the dinner table rule.

  32. Simon C
    6th September 2016 / 11:07 pm

    It’s easy. We just don’t have any devices in the dining room. End of story. Even the phone ringing while we’re eating is ignored; leave a message, we’ll call you back when we’re done with the meal.

  33. Zoe C
    7th September 2016 / 12:52 am

    If everything fails the wifi gets turned off

  34. Jaelin Farrow
    7th September 2016 / 2:46 am

    Keep all mobile phones and other tech in a different room whilst you are eating 🙂

  35. Simon tutthill
    7th September 2016 / 5:56 am

    Strictly no mobiles or gadgets at the table

  36. Claire Grigg
    7th September 2016 / 6:35 am

    I just ban it all at dinner time!

  37. Fiona K
    7th September 2016 / 7:05 am

    We just don’t bring any gadgets in the room

  38. amy bondoc
    7th September 2016 / 7:39 am

    i dont need tor emind my kids tech is not allowed at dinner time, they know how much i hate it and they also enjoy chatting at meal time

  39. Holly Gibson
    7th September 2016 / 8:18 am

    Make sure it’s always a rule, I definitely think dinner-times are for conversations not games

  40. 7th September 2016 / 8:31 am

    basket is placed just outside the dining room, no phones ever allowed in that room

  41. Andrew Petrie
    7th September 2016 / 8:33 am

    Hard and fast rule – no tech at the table.

  42. Ruth Harwood
    7th September 2016 / 8:40 am

    make sure you have dinner table rules and stick to them yourself as well xx

  43. Becky John
    7th September 2016 / 8:54 am

    We never have allowed tech at the table, so it’s not really an issue.

  44. Darren
    7th September 2016 / 9:06 am

    Our evening meals are always at the dinner table with all forms of technology banned.

  45. Bob Clark
    7th September 2016 / 9:09 am

    strict rule for every one

  46. sarah birkett
    7th September 2016 / 9:17 am

    lead by example, the rules must apply to the adults as wellas the children

  47. Mariel Pereira
    7th September 2016 / 9:40 am

    Each child gets a chance to tell us about their best part of the day

  48. 7th September 2016 / 10:13 am

    My tip is to sit down and say no tech at the table , and repeat everytime you sit down for tea.

  49. Heather Haigh
    7th September 2016 / 10:14 am

    Just stick to no tech at the table rule. It’s easy.

  50. Marycarol
    7th September 2016 / 10:45 am

    Just chatting about the kind of day we’ve had and leaving mobiles etc. in the living room

  51. Jen Schofield
    7th September 2016 / 10:50 am

    Leave all phones in another room!

  52. Diana Maxwell
    7th September 2016 / 11:01 am

    Tricks? For Heaven’s sake……….just say NO!

  53. Lindsey Stuart
    7th September 2016 / 11:33 am

    We love family time at the dinner table, we often lay the table together and talk about each others days and often arrange some plans for the evening or the upcoming weekend
    There are strictly no technology at meal times in our home.

  54. christine shelley
    7th September 2016 / 11:35 am

    Phones switched off

  55. Michael Rose
    7th September 2016 / 11:50 am

    just say that no tech is aloud as it is family time. start with those rule and then it becomes the norm

  56. Lynne OConnor
    7th September 2016 / 12:06 pm

    Just say no. Give them a 5 minute warning before dishing up so they can finish what they’re doing.

  57. Ashleigh Ryan
    7th September 2016 / 12:12 pm

    We turn off the wifi!

  58. lynn lewer
    7th September 2016 / 12:12 pm

    never have allowed tech at the dinner table, so it is part of their routine now

  59. GRACE COLLINS
    7th September 2016 / 12:25 pm

    serve yourself and finger food keeps them off their devices, a fondue is a great idea for dipping and dunking and giggling over.

  60. jennifer thorpe
    7th September 2016 / 12:27 pm

    we never have any tech at the dinner table, it’s just always been a rule

  61. Kerry Locke
    7th September 2016 / 1:26 pm

    Disconnect the wifi and have a set meal time every evening to reconnect the family after a busy day

  62. Louise A
    7th September 2016 / 1:46 pm

    We endeavour to have one meal daily together at the dining table, usually in the evening, no tech is allowed including phones

  63. Kirsty Hosty
    7th September 2016 / 2:29 pm

    By turning the Wifi off at home and talking about everyone’s day.

  64. Megan Adams
    7th September 2016 / 2:34 pm

    Tech gets left in the front room and turned off.

  65. Jacqui S
    7th September 2016 / 2:37 pm

    Have something really interesting to say as the Mum about what’s gone on, what the gossip is, what’s been arranged for the weekend, next holiday plans. Parents lead and the kids will follow. No tech required!

  66. joanne casey
    7th September 2016 / 2:39 pm

    Turn off the wifi!!

  67. Kerry Kilmister
    7th September 2016 / 2:46 pm

    We turn the wifi off and banish mobile phones from the dinner table x

  68. Jo Carroll
    7th September 2016 / 2:54 pm

    I’m like the President in my house – I have power over who pushes the button 😉

  69. Jemma Taylor
    7th September 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I get the kids helping fetch thing put away lay table ect

  70. Jo Hutchinson
    7th September 2016 / 3:21 pm

    No gadgets at the dinner table

  71. JODIE Beaumont
    7th September 2016 / 4:38 pm

    switch off the internet and have dinner at the table every night

  72. Ray Dodds
    7th September 2016 / 5:11 pm

    Talk about what has happened with everyone’s day

  73. abigail edkins
    7th September 2016 / 5:52 pm

    well Im quite naughty really I let them play music they like through their phones, ive kinda given up trying

  74. Chrissie Curtis
    7th September 2016 / 5:54 pm

    Turn off the wifi! and threaten whoever looks at their phone has nominated themselves for washing up!

  75. michelle thompson
    7th September 2016 / 6:34 pm

    turn off the wifi …. put all phones in the living room chill and talk about the day

  76. Margaret Gallagher
    7th September 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Tech has never been allowed at our table
    Has to be made the norm then it’s accepted although even I wish I could use it at times

  77. Jennifer Toal
    7th September 2016 / 8:28 pm

    We all sit together at the table for family discussion

  78. Carole E
    7th September 2016 / 8:30 pm

    No devices at the table. If any phones ring they are ignored.

  79. Julie Booth
    7th September 2016 / 8:39 pm

    We all put our phones in a basket when coming into the kitchen and they mustn’t be touched whilst we are in there so we have undisturbed dinner times and have to talk to each other.

  80. Sarah Luck
    7th September 2016 / 8:54 pm

    We all eat together every day!

  81. fozia Akhtar
    7th September 2016 / 9:02 pm

    No tech at the dinner table

  82. Angela Boucher
    7th September 2016 / 10:00 pm

    We always have dinner at the dining room table and have a complete ban on phones and tablet’s.

  83. Ellen Sheppard
    7th September 2016 / 10:42 pm

    We like to play Animal, Mineral or Vegetable or talk about our day 🙂

  84. Natalie Crossan
    7th September 2016 / 10:42 pm

    No tech at the table!! xx

  85. Sarah R
    7th September 2016 / 10:47 pm

    We eat in the conservatory and play spotting birds through the window.

  86. clair downham
    8th September 2016 / 9:28 am

    make it a rule as to no gadgets and use it as charging time

  87. Jayne Townson
    8th September 2016 / 10:45 am

    Set by example so everyone even the adults, do not bring any tech to the table.

  88. Lee Ritson
    8th September 2016 / 10:52 am

    I make everyone leave their tech devices in another room 🙂

  89. MANDY DOHERTY
    8th September 2016 / 2:50 pm

    No mobiles or tablets at meal times, they usually get put on charge

  90. GEOFF WICKENS
    8th September 2016 / 2:51 pm

    ANYONE USING TECH AT THE TABLE HAS TO DO THE WASHING UP

  91. Meryl Rees
    8th September 2016 / 4:31 pm

    Teach by example, we don’t use phones ourselves and the kids realise they’re not allowed

  92. Julie
    8th September 2016 / 7:49 pm

    Our most recent one is that the first to pick up a phone or gadget does the dishes. I’ve just seen the turn off the router in the comments though and don’t know why we didn’t think of this!!

  93. Maggie Coates
    8th September 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Lead by example

  94. helen tovell
    8th September 2016 / 8:15 pm

    We never started it so it is never an issue it is an unwritten rule

  95. Kelly Hirst
    8th September 2016 / 8:54 pm

    Leave the devices on charge in another room to save temptation

  96. Tee simpson
    8th September 2016 / 9:04 pm

    We leave all the tech in the living room and turn the tv off

  97. Tammy Tudor
    8th September 2016 / 9:54 pm

    have a countdown before dinner to make last minute text, talks and facebook messages then from then on sound an alarm and hide them away till dinner is over and quality family time has happened 🙂

  98. Angie McDonald
    8th September 2016 / 11:56 pm

    Phones and all technology are left in the living room whilst we’re eating, we make it a proper family time where we can talk and enjoy each others company

  99. Solange
    9th September 2016 / 5:15 am

    No gadgets at the table, that’s the rule. It’s not a problem in our house. We’re all too busy eating!

  100. joanne casey
    9th September 2016 / 8:57 am

    Turn the wifi off!

  101. rebecca gibson
    9th September 2016 / 10:38 am

    No tablets at the table rule!

  102. Susan Hoggett
    9th September 2016 / 1:18 pm

    I’ve never allowed it so it’s not expected, start as you mean to go on!

  103. Katie Skeoch
    9th September 2016 / 7:49 pm

    It’s just not allowed, end of!

  104. Sheila Sloan
    9th September 2016 / 8:26 pm

    We spend time discussing what has happened during the day and things that have been in the news.

  105. Lisa Parker
    9th September 2016 / 8:37 pm

    We have a small basket in the hall and all tech gear has to go in there before meal times and if someone forgets they have to do the washing up x

  106. ruth robinson
    9th September 2016 / 9:56 pm

    create fun new foods to keep family interested

  107. Kathy B
    9th September 2016 / 10:05 pm

    We make sure all technology is left away from the table and make sure we ask how everyone’s day’s been/what they’ve been up to.

  108. Hayley Colburn
    9th September 2016 / 11:33 pm

    I’m quite lucky, my kids haven’t once tried to bring their kindles or any games to the dinner table, we have had to restrict our son to 2 hours a day on his though as he’s became quite ignorant as he was always glued to his. Thanks for sharing the dinner games ideas

  109. Daniel
    10th September 2016 / 9:49 am

    Mobile phones are collected in our bowl before dinner times – no distractions from family time!

  110. Clare Hubbard
    10th September 2016 / 3:31 pm

    We make sure we leave our phones in the living room, it is far too easy to keep checking them if they we in sight

  111. Marc Chivers
    10th September 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Do lots of talking

  112. Tammy Westrup
    10th September 2016 / 10:40 pm

    Lead by example – if the adults don’t have tech at a table then the kids won’t want it either!

  113. Richell Lever
    10th September 2016 / 10:56 pm

    Pizza as you have to use your hands to eat it and they get all mucky to do anything else!

  114. fiona mcbride
    11th September 2016 / 1:59 pm

    Just pure table manners from young age, habit now teens even know to leave ipads and phones behind chat at the table is more fun

  115. Ellie Wood
    11th September 2016 / 3:45 pm

    a clear set of dinner time rules, no tech at the table or no tea at all!

  116. claire griffiths
    11th September 2016 / 5:42 pm

    i always make sure all tech is left in the living room and not taken into the dining room

  117. Melissa Lee
    11th September 2016 / 7:42 pm

    We play music instead so no one has anything else to look at!

  118. Denise Cross
    11th September 2016 / 8:50 pm

    We have never allowed tech at the table and even now they are teens and young adults we still have that rule. We still all take it in turns to talk about how day – we all say something good that has happened and something which has annoyed us

  119. Shalene Hodder
    12th September 2016 / 11:46 am

    I am very talkative and ask lots of questions so everyone knows that they will get a grilling of their day when we are at dinner. I think setting the habit of talk and no gadgets will become the norm and after a week or so no one will turn up to the table with any gadgets.

  120. Margaret Clarkson
    12th September 2016 / 12:51 pm

    We just don’t allow it!

  121. Christine Caple
    12th September 2016 / 3:02 pm

    Just have a rule – no tech at the table

  122. maria blythin
    12th September 2016 / 4:03 pm

    i just say no phones pls leave them away from the table x

  123. Charlotte Owen
    12th September 2016 / 4:19 pm

    Always make sure that conversation is engaging enough, this is a sure fire way to keep their attention!

  124. Helen Legrys
    12th September 2016 / 8:14 pm

    nagging!

  125. Kat Allinson
    12th September 2016 / 8:19 pm

    Everybody has to leave any tech on the coffee table before sitting down at the dining table

  126. Gill mitchell
    12th September 2016 / 9:30 pm

    We ban phones from the table, including hubby and I. The parents need to set the example.

  127. Ali Thorpe
    12th September 2016 / 9:31 pm

    The rule applies to everyone and everything so no TV either. Keep it simple.

  128. Lyla
    12th September 2016 / 9:34 pm

    No tech at the table and TV off until the table is cleared and washing up done

  129. Emma
    13th September 2016 / 11:51 am

    Our favourite game to keep the children engaged in dinner and also, hopefully, eating it, was each person would name a colour and you had to find something on your plate that was that colour and eat it. So orange – carrot, brown – mushroom, pink – bacon, white – chicken or mashed potato, green – beans or leeks etc. I am still not sure why they liked it so much, but they did! My 9 year old daughter still wants to play it now, even though she has long learned her colours and adapted to eating a certain amount of veg!

  130. Kimberley Ryan
    13th September 2016 / 1:58 pm

    Everyone has to leave their phones/tablets etc on the hall table before sitting for dinner

  131. 13th September 2016 / 2:48 pm

    yeah keep it simple, great blog! 🙂

  132. Lorne Jamieson
    13th September 2016 / 3:48 pm

    Everyone helps out at dinner time, getting the table set, getting everyone drinks to have with the meal and helping put the meal out onto the plates so do not have the time to look on devices. We then talk about how everyone’s day was etc

  133. Simon Tinsley
    13th September 2016 / 8:50 pm

    The tech gets put away or I just take it off them.

  134. Lynsey Buchanan
    13th September 2016 / 8:50 pm

    Dinner time is family time. No tech has ever been allowed its bad manners.

  135. leanne weir
    13th September 2016 / 11:23 pm

    We switch phones off after 5

  136. Richard R
    14th September 2016 / 1:44 am

    No phones at the table

  137. Paula Burnside
    14th September 2016 / 11:30 am

    I make everyone leave their phones in another room

  138. Michelle Carlin
    14th September 2016 / 11:50 am

    We leave our tech in the living room/bedrooms during meal times. That way we can enjoy the food more and catch up on each others’ news.

  139. cathyj
    14th September 2016 / 1:55 pm

    get them involved in cooking and preparing

  140. Kelly townsend
    14th September 2016 / 4:05 pm

    We all sit and discuss our day with each other

  141. Lillian Fisher
    14th September 2016 / 9:42 pm

    No gadgets are allowed during meals, but I do allowed them before and after.

  142. Kimberley Hazelton
    15th September 2016 / 2:55 pm

    Just don’t allow phones or anything at the table, and turn off the tv…

  143. 15th September 2016 / 3:05 pm

    I get the kids to help cook dinner, set the table and help clean up, so they don’t have a chance to play with tech!

  144. Sarah Lee
    15th September 2016 / 4:12 pm

    I try to lead by example and not have my phone out at dinner time

  145. Victoria Middleton
    15th September 2016 / 10:18 pm

    No electronic items in the dining room. Lights are allowed but that’s pretty much it

  146. Catherine Thomas
    16th September 2016 / 8:00 am

    We don’t allow electronics all day only for an hour or so avoiding ant arguments over tablets at the dinner table 🙂

  147. Deborah Clarke
    16th September 2016 / 10:29 am

    Turn the WiFi off ha ha. No really we just have a rule no phones at the table and everyone has learnt to respect this or they don’t eat!

  148. Karen R
    16th September 2016 / 10:43 am

    Nothing is allowed at the table!

  149. Laura henney
    16th September 2016 / 10:45 am

    Phones are left in bedrooms / lounge during dinner – the kids have been told that they can manage 15-20 mins without it in their hands. So we all sit down together and talk about our day and everyone is involved.

  150. Beky Austerberry
    16th September 2016 / 11:08 am

    I installed the no tech rule when they got tech – it has worked so far.

  151. Laura-Jane Baker
    16th September 2016 / 11:29 am

    No phones at the dinner table – no arguments!

  152. 16th September 2016 / 11:50 am

    Kids on seperate wifi to us so I just switch it off. It even saves me calling them for tea because they come running in seconds asking why they can’t access the sites they are using lol

  153. sarah fielding
    16th September 2016 / 1:52 pm

    Make everyone leave there phones and get a good conversation started!

  154. Laura bryant
    16th September 2016 / 2:45 pm

    No technology stuff we talk about our day

  155. Catherine Macnab
    16th September 2016 / 3:54 pm

    phones in the middle of the table – whoever checks the phone first pays for dinner

  156. Vicky Loveday
    16th September 2016 / 6:33 pm

    Leave your gadgets in another room, if you eat all your veg, you can leave the table.

  157. Susan Trubey
    16th September 2016 / 6:38 pm

    Discipline

  158. Jo w
    16th September 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Bin them, bin them all!

  159. Lisa Wilkinson
    16th September 2016 / 10:07 pm

    We sit in the kitchen diner where there is no TV and no phones are allowed in

  160. Janice Mackin
    16th September 2016 / 10:41 pm

    Leave all tech in another room.

  161. Greig spencer
    17th September 2016 / 8:29 am

    ANY TECH ON TABLE MEANS NO PUDDING

  162. Alison Cameron
    17th September 2016 / 9:04 am

    I think talking to each other about just about everything is really important.

  163. Sophie Marie Cartwright
    17th September 2016 / 9:17 am

    Corey helps me prepare our tea, as its just us two we always have a good chat at meal times – Its the one part of the day we dont worry about work & school 🙂

  164. Tracy Gladman
    17th September 2016 / 9:19 am

    We sit down as a family in the kitchen every night where there is no technology. We use the time to talk about our day.

  165. katrina adams
    17th September 2016 / 9:24 am

    First one to touch their phone/tablet etc has to do the dishes – we make it a game and it works really well.

  166. Anne Adlington
    17th September 2016 / 9:26 am

    Scrumptious

  167. Lauren Old
    17th September 2016 / 9:42 am

    Everyone has to talk about their day to avoid using gadgets

  168. kellyjo walters
    17th September 2016 / 1:03 pm

    no phones at the table ever

  169. Victoria Prince
    17th September 2016 / 3:24 pm

    No phones/consoles in the room, and everyone takes turns to talk about their day 🙂

  170. Kate Knight
    17th September 2016 / 3:47 pm

    The grown ups need to set good examples and not use tech at the table

  171. Debbie Southwell
    17th September 2016 / 4:11 pm

    No TV in the kitchen/dining area and no technology brought to the table when we all sit down together to eat dinner and discuss our day.

  172. Jim M
    17th September 2016 / 4:24 pm

    It is not an issue in my house – just serve good and tasty food

  173. Alice Fox
    17th September 2016 / 6:06 pm

    Not allowed at the table. Dinner time is for talking to each other about your day etc! Sometimes we play the alphabet game. We have to find things that start with a then b then c and so on! xx

  174. Barbara Handley
    17th September 2016 / 6:37 pm

    Never let them appear in the first place and children will grow up accepting it as normal to sit and talk together at meal times.

  175. 17th September 2016 / 7:31 pm

    Sit at the table and make sure all gadgets are left outside

  176. Carly Belsey
    17th September 2016 / 8:28 pm

    Turning off the TV and leaving mobiles on silent. Dinner time is family time and time to talk about your day 🙂

  177. MichelleD
    17th September 2016 / 8:53 pm

    Ask lots of questions about their day and keep phones out of reach!

  178. Christine Evans
    17th September 2016 / 9:05 pm

    Tech is left in another room – otherwise no meal! Simple!

  179. AnnaH
    17th September 2016 / 10:13 pm

    We sit down around the table as a family and talk to one another

  180. Hannah Igoe
    17th September 2016 / 10:34 pm

    We sit at the table and the tech gets left in the lounge!

  181. carole n
    17th September 2016 / 11:10 pm

    turn off the tv in the room

  182. 17th September 2016 / 11:15 pm

    We talk about our day and make holiday plans.

  183. @steveatcc
    18th September 2016 / 12:20 am

    Switch off the wifi and hide the Dky+ remote. Plus I ensure we all sit at the table for dinner, our aim is to discuss what happened to each other that day.

  184. gul
    18th September 2016 / 1:26 am

    All gadgets nowhere near the table, we eat together and chat about our day

  185. Gemma Massey
    18th September 2016 / 1:41 am

    Leave your tech devices out of the room to avoid temptation. Also try sitting around a table with the TV off its always nice for a conversation over dinner without any distractions 🙂

  186. Jodie harvey
    18th September 2016 / 6:51 am

    start as you mean to go on! weve never had problems with technology at mealtimes because from day 1 they have been banned, even the tv! meal times are family time, where we talk 🙂

  187. Sarah Robinson
    18th September 2016 / 8:14 am

    It is a rule in our house no tech at the table. We always talk about the day.

  188. Jade Hewlett
    18th September 2016 / 8:37 am

    Leave all tech in another room and talk about everyone’s day

  189. jessica cook
    18th September 2016 / 8:38 am

    So being a military family we move about every couple of years, weve been lucky this time round that we have a separate dining room that’s attached to our kitchen and away from the tv in the living room. we have a the radio on quietly whist eating but can fully engage in a convocation about or day x

  190. Mary Baldwin
    18th September 2016 / 8:57 am

    We’ve never allowed technology at the table, so it’s not an issue, but we ensure everyone adds to the conversation by saying the best and worst things about their day.

  191. carol boffey
    18th September 2016 / 9:29 am

    Lots of talking

  192. Iris W
    18th September 2016 / 10:03 am

    I don’t really have a tip as such we simply have a no phone/ipad rule at the dinner table

  193. Natasha R-M
    18th September 2016 / 10:22 am

    Just say no – parents are in charge, not the children

  194. Lisa Houston
    18th September 2016 / 10:57 am

    Its just a clear rule in my family if we r eating as a family everything goes on hold. Its not to hard and then we can all catch up and no distractions

  195. Caroline Signey
    18th September 2016 / 11:35 am

    We tend to let them go on the tablet an hour before dinner and they know that once it’s dinner time then that’s the end of going on the tablet for that day, they have to play with their toys or read books until bed. If you get them in the habit early enough it shouldn’t become a big problem.

  196. Natalie White
    18th September 2016 / 11:44 am

    Have candles on the table – it really helps create a ‘family dinner’ special atmosphere and gets conversations flowing 🙂

  197. Susan B
    18th September 2016 / 12:19 pm

    Get friends (if possible) and grandparents to set the same house rules: no tech at the table. Reinforce that it’s good manners to sit down and talk to the family once a day.

  198. Kristy Brown
    18th September 2016 / 12:23 pm

    We don’t allow any tech at the dinner table. They know if they are caught with it they will have the internet removed after

  199. Sarah Tonner
    18th September 2016 / 12:35 pm

    TV gets switched off and all phones/gadgets get put in a box.

  200. Elspeth MacMillan
    18th September 2016 / 12:42 pm

    We eat as a family no tech allowed and because its always been that way they never ask 😀

  201. Chantiece Bates
    18th September 2016 / 1:34 pm

    No phones while people are eating!

  202. Rebecca Powell
    18th September 2016 / 1:38 pm

    I would definitley ban all tech at tea time

  203. Leanne joy
    18th September 2016 / 1:40 pm

    i believe you should always set the example

  204. Jane Willis
    18th September 2016 / 1:47 pm

    Talk about the food – what it tastes like, how it feels in your mouth, where it comes from, how it is produced, how it was cooked, whether the items on the plate go well together – there’s something new to be said about each mouth full, so it keeps the conversation flowing and everyone’s minds off their tech

  205. Angela Kelly
    18th September 2016 / 3:26 pm

    No dessert if tech creeps in!

  206. Sarah Mills
    18th September 2016 / 3:29 pm

    penalty is no phone the next day!

  207. 18th September 2016 / 3:36 pm

    no electronic appliances at the table we talk about our day

  208. Ems
    18th September 2016 / 3:54 pm

    I’d just say no iPhones, iPads, tablets, phones or technology at the table. Then ensure I practice what I preach (and ensure visitors do as well). So lead by example!

  209. David Crabb
    18th September 2016 / 4:07 pm

    Lock all mobiles and tablets in a small box only accessed after dinner and conversation 🙂

  210. Sheri Darby
    18th September 2016 / 4:19 pm

    No phones at the table and it seems to work

  211. Emma H
    18th September 2016 / 4:40 pm

    Eat at the table and don’t allow anyone to bring any gadgets (including the grown ups!)

  212. Louise Lamb
    18th September 2016 / 4:42 pm

    WE have a rule about electronics at dinner time. We all sit down together and all stay until we are all finished. It is important I don’t break the rule, which at times is a big temptation!

  213. Abbie M
    18th September 2016 / 5:33 pm

    talk to everyone about their day

  214. Gwyn Sharps
    18th September 2016 / 5:47 pm

    We’ve never allowed tech at the table so it’s never been a problem. Mealtimes are about enjoying our food and chatting about our day.

  215. liz ferguson
    18th September 2016 / 5:51 pm

    LEAVE ALL TECH GADGETS IN A DRAWER OR BASKET TO STOP TEMPTATION OF TAKING A PEEK – BUT, REMEMBER TO SWITCH THE DIAL TONES OFF, TOO

  216. Jane Middleton
    18th September 2016 / 6:02 pm

    Never introduce it at the first place – if it’s not ever been a part of the meal time, noone will actually think those things belong to the dinner table

  217. Keith Hunt
    18th September 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Just say no and they must have rules

  218. katie w
    18th September 2016 / 6:09 pm

    no phones at the table with punishments for those who use it

  219. Kay Broomfield
    18th September 2016 / 6:12 pm

    As we’ve been at work and the children in school and nursery, we take it in turns to talk about the highlights of our day.

  220. Andrew Hindley
    18th September 2016 / 6:26 pm

    We put the gadgets in a basket in the middle of the table and our rule is that the first one to reach for there gadget does the washing up

  221. 18th September 2016 / 6:48 pm

    Each meal, no phones on table, Turn off the tv

  222. Bernadette K
    18th September 2016 / 7:49 pm

    We have a rule of no portable tech in the kitchen area!

  223. olivia kirby
    18th September 2016 / 7:59 pm

    At home, there’s no tip we just eat dinner! We chat and eat then go about our own thing – work/school work/ lego building/whatever!
    If we go out, my husband takes his bag that has different pens and books/magazines for the little ones.

  224. Jayne K
    18th September 2016 / 8:08 pm

    Lead by example. You can’t expect youngsters to leave their tech alone if you sit there texting.

  225. Niki Clifton
    18th September 2016 / 8:25 pm

    put some music on and i love to ask the children what they have done with their day and if they have any nice news to tell us as family

  226. Debbie Preston
    18th September 2016 / 8:43 pm

    No games just chat about our days

  227. Stuart Dunlop
    18th September 2016 / 8:48 pm

    Simple – No tech used by the parents – children follow

  228. Karen Lloyd
    18th September 2016 / 8:48 pm

    We never have any gadgets in the dining room, no exceptions.

  229. Chris Fletcher
    18th September 2016 / 9:08 pm

    You just have to set the rules, and try to make dinner time interesting to keep everyone happy – there is usually such a ruckus for dinner we don’t really have to think about it!

  230. Diane Radford
    18th September 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Have a Tech box, mobiles etc left in before Dinner

  231. Hayley Mulgrove
    18th September 2016 / 9:22 pm

    We make sure we all talk about our day at dinner

  232. Claire Burton
    18th September 2016 / 9:22 pm

    DISCUSS EACH OTHERS DAYS AND DREAMS

  233. Hayley Elvin
    18th September 2016 / 9:43 pm

    We all eat around the table. There is no TV in the dining room and we don’t take phones in there. The kids have set times on their gadgets and dinner time is definitely part of that!

  234. Mel Turner
    18th September 2016 / 9:45 pm

    No dessert for anyone who uses a gadget at the table

  235. Nancy Bradford
    18th September 2016 / 9:53 pm

    Making everyone sit down at the table without their phones on is my only tip.

  236. Sue Price
    18th September 2016 / 10:20 pm

    We have always had a no tech rule so my kids are used to it now. We chat about general things and about plans for the next day. Make it interesting & enjoy family time

  237. Teresa sheldon
    18th September 2016 / 10:24 pm

    We have a tech ban at the table and everyone has time to talk about their day without interruptions, we’ve also played word association games between us, loved your ideas and games you played

  238. Sue Dorking
    18th September 2016 / 10:37 pm

    Dinner in the dining room, sat at the table with no gadgets allowed so we talk to one another.

  239. claire little
    18th September 2016 / 10:45 pm

    we speak about our day

  240. Chirag Patel
    18th September 2016 / 10:53 pm

    Shows who the boss set the rules out and lead by example

  241. caroline kelly
    18th September 2016 / 11:00 pm

    Eat in the kitchen/dining room away from the tv, leave phones and tablets in the living room

  242. Rich Tyler
    18th September 2016 / 11:47 pm

    Making dinner a non tech family time by routine

  243. 19th September 2016 / 12:16 am

    Eating at the table in the kitchen, never really had a problem with my 8yr old wanting to use gadgets at dinner time

  244. Adrian Bold
    19th September 2016 / 1:46 am

    Have a high powered electro magnet mounted in the ceiling above your family’s dining table. Anyone who dares to bring a phone / tablet / smart watch anywhere near the table is in for a fantastic data erasing / tech breakdown time!*

    *Caution – May also cause all cutlery, keys, belt buckles, rings and jewellery to want to race to the ceiling.

  245. Jamie Millard
    19th September 2016 / 2:33 am

    keep a super soaker by the table. Any tech gets squirted. Nobody will risk a waterlogged device.

  246. lucy sampson
    19th September 2016 / 2:37 am

    Eat together at the table with no tech around! 🙂 How it should be..

  247. alice lightning
    19th September 2016 / 3:43 am

    we usually all talk about whats happening for the whole week ahead for everybody and then the conversations just flow

  248. Caroline Buckley
    19th September 2016 / 6:14 am

    Definitely lead by example. They won’t listen if you have your phone out

  249. Gillian Holmes
    19th September 2016 / 8:53 am

    Always eat alone with just the cat for company

  250. Lucy Chester
    19th September 2016 / 9:09 am

    No phones allowed at the table and we do not have a tv in the dinning room, instead we talk about our day and just stuff.

  251. Farhana
    19th September 2016 / 9:22 am

    Leave all techs in bedrooms so you don’t get tempted and then get talking to each other.

  252. LucyR
    19th September 2016 / 9:34 am

    Sit at the table and talk about your day. No phones allowed.

  253. kelly morgan
    19th September 2016 / 9:56 am

    put all phones in another room.

  254. Diana
    19th September 2016 / 10:02 am

    We just have the rule to eat without tv or phones 🙂

  255. Jayne Kelsall
    19th September 2016 / 10:12 am

    If they use there phone at the table, there is no pudding generally works really well in our house ! 🙂 .x

  256. Samantha Atherton
    19th September 2016 / 10:27 am

    It’s just a rule we have everyone puts down the tech at meal times & that goes for the grown ups too

  257. Libby Noack
    19th September 2016 / 10:36 am

    We have just always had the rule of no toys/tech at the table from when my children were little.

  258. justine meyer
    19th September 2016 / 10:40 am

    We have to leave all technology on the stairs whilst it is feeding time x

  259. Janet Palmer
    19th September 2016 / 10:50 am

    We have a gadget basket and it goes on top of the fridge until we’re done! It helps if everything gets put on silent too as it takes away the temptation to touch lol

  260. Kirsten Barthy
    19th September 2016 / 11:15 am

    As my partner and I were the worst offenders we have a no tech in the kitchen at dinner time rule.

  261. claire mudie
    19th September 2016 / 11:29 am

    we have a shelf in the kitchen that all phones go on when we eat and we eat around a table in the dining room-so they are away from us. We try to chat at meal times and catch up as a family-sometimes that works and sometimes communication is not the beat ! But the phones are in the kitchen.

  262. Alison Hartshorne
    19th September 2016 / 11:52 am

    Great idea to have a device that turns off wifi signals. I never let my children have their phone/electronic devices at the table when we are eating but find some adults still do! Will try so of the games too, my children love trying to name as many countries, rivers etc beginning with a certain letter, or draw a who what where picture and we have to guess who is doing what where (like a cow dancing on the moon). None of us are very good at drawing so we usual have a lot of laughs!

  263. Stephanie Keill
    19th September 2016 / 12:01 pm

    No phones t the table ,we sit down as a family and catch up on our day together

  264. LEE HARDY
    19th September 2016 / 12:16 pm

    Always ask each other what we have done during the day.

  265. karen watt
    19th September 2016 / 12:17 pm

    No phones or tablets at the dinner table

  266. 19th September 2016 / 12:37 pm

    No phones at the table and we always try and talk about our day and plans before any tech takes over

  267. lynda connolly
    19th September 2016 / 12:41 pm

    great ideas

  268. paula cheadle
    19th September 2016 / 12:55 pm

    at the table at meal times there is no gadgets no reading or anything except eating and talking

  269. David C
    19th September 2016 / 12:56 pm

    All devices have to be put away, but sometimes we’ll play Fizz, Buzz, Woopee which is a laugh and good for maths.

  270. Jacqueline Roberts
    19th September 2016 / 12:58 pm

    I don’t allow phones when we’re eating

  271. Claire Willmer
    19th September 2016 / 1:03 pm

    No tech at the table not even us and if our phones go we will call back later! Definitely lead by example 🙂

  272. sharon martin
    19th September 2016 / 1:39 pm

    we make sure its all turned off and eat upto the table as a family and talk about our day

  273. Leanne Bell
    19th September 2016 / 1:59 pm

    We don’t have any tech at the table during meal times 🙂

  274. Dale Dow
    19th September 2016 / 1:59 pm

    we leave all conversation about our day until we sit at the table

  275. Eleanor Baker
    19th September 2016 / 2:03 pm

    We have a tech ban in our house from 5.30 till 8 pm that includes mummy and any other adults in the house!

  276. Julie Whittaker
    19th September 2016 / 2:04 pm

    Sit at the table and talk about what to do at the weekend.

  277. Leanne Humberstone
    19th September 2016 / 2:16 pm

    I take any gadgets away and make them sit at the table

  278. kat lucas
    19th September 2016 / 2:35 pm

    Have set routines and explain clearly when they can have tech time

  279. karen clapp
    19th September 2016 / 2:40 pm

    gadgets are banned from the dinner table

  280. Kirsti Peters
    19th September 2016 / 3:34 pm

    Turn off the wifi and say no to phones and have a good chat instead

  281. tracey baker
    19th September 2016 / 3:36 pm

    We always talk about what we had done that day etc so no-one wants to be on phones etc x

  282. Lesley
    19th September 2016 / 3:46 pm

    We dont gave any phones ipods ipads at dinner table

  283. Jessica Hutton
    19th September 2016 / 3:48 pm

    We just have electronics banned during meals and make sure we take turns talking about our day xx

  284. Laura Harrison
    19th September 2016 / 3:55 pm

    No tech at the table at all. Talk about everyones day and what they have got planned for the week xxx

  285. CAROL PATTRICK
    19th September 2016 / 4:13 pm

    Insist on all devices being switched off until everyone has finished their meal. Devices are not even allowed in the dining room either (adults & kids alike) whilst meal is in progress.

  286. Jessica Townley
    19th September 2016 / 4:18 pm

    I set a time from about 5 when tea is ready till 7 where all devices are turned off!

  287. Michelle Wild
    19th September 2016 / 5:01 pm

    Leave all items outside of the dining room.

  288. Aimee Wright
    19th September 2016 / 5:06 pm

    No tech allowed in the room we’re eating in.

  289. Jenny Prest
    19th September 2016 / 5:13 pm

    lead by example!

  290. Joanne Higgins
    19th September 2016 / 5:22 pm

    Being totally honest, We haven’t got a tech ban… as our daughter is disabled, getting her to eat is the main thing, so if she needs the telly on then so be it xx

  291. Deborah Mackenzie
    19th September 2016 / 5:23 pm

    I really believe parents are to blame! Sit at a table, or if in the livingroom with the TV off. We do not have phones/tablets at table or any meal times, and never have the TV on. We need to learn the art of conversation again, without the game playing. Meal times is a special time where family get to be together in one place.

  292. Sara Davis
    19th September 2016 / 5:53 pm

    a special treat for dessert?

  293. 19th September 2016 / 5:53 pm

    My daughter has always been in charge of controlling tech at the table, if I walk into the dining room holding my phone she promptly says “no phones at the table, its a bit rude!”. Its become a bit of a game.

  294. amanda greensmith
    19th September 2016 / 5:55 pm

    all tech is banned from the table we use that time to talk about our day

  295. Anna Brown
    19th September 2016 / 6:29 pm

    Make everyone leave their phones in a basket outside of the dining room and ensure the tv is switched off so their is no background noise.

  296. 19th September 2016 / 6:35 pm

    Turn off the TV, no electronics allowed and talk about each other’s day

  297. Emma
    19th September 2016 / 6:46 pm

    Switch TV off and everyone puts their phones in a box at the door

  298. Claire Ward
    19th September 2016 / 7:15 pm

    No phones or tablets allow allowed at the table during meal times . No exceptions lead by example

  299. Hannah
    19th September 2016 / 7:37 pm

    We enjoy the little conversation starters that you can either make-up or download, and lists of favourites, and determining future possible inventions!

  300. Champaklal Lad
    19th September 2016 / 7:39 pm

    table that adjusts, lots of pots, plates, dishes on the table no room for gadgets

  301. Emma Rawlinson
    19th September 2016 / 7:57 pm

    We each say 3 things which have happened during the day

  302. Petra Hora
    19th September 2016 / 8:06 pm

    Be strict, only talking, eating and drinking.

  303. Jill Fairbanks
    19th September 2016 / 8:13 pm

    Simply just take the away away and I mean from everyone

  304. Michelle Clare
    19th September 2016 / 8:18 pm

    A chat about your day

  305. Miss Tracy Hanson
    19th September 2016 / 8:31 pm

    Leave all gadgets in the other room and if it’s not possible to do that, leave them as far away from the table as possible and no-one leaves the table until everyone has finished eating and the plates (and other stuff) has been taken from the table and the kitchen is tidy (apart from the washing up).

  306. Philip Underwood
    19th September 2016 / 8:37 pm

    Talking about interesting topics always keeps the kids off their phones!

  307. claire fawkner
    19th September 2016 / 8:41 pm

    No tech at the kitchen table

  308. 19th September 2016 / 9:13 pm

    Let everyone get involved with the preperation of dinner from the cooking to the serving and even after finishing your meal make an hour of family fun time together by playing a board game or doing some craftwork etc above all else no TV on before dinner or an hour after no phones/ tablets /IPads etc if you have to switch off the router x x x

  309. Natalie Jones
    19th September 2016 / 9:38 pm

    Our TV and radios stay off, phones and tablets stay in the other room and we all chat about our day, lovely family time 🙂

  310. Janet Rumley
    19th September 2016 / 9:53 pm

    We all take it in turns to talk about our day.

  311. LORNA WIL
    19th September 2016 / 9:55 pm

    Leave all tech applinace upstairs away from the dinning table.

  312. Gemma Chantler
    19th September 2016 / 9:57 pm

    My daughter is 4 so this really isn’t an issue for us. But I set a good example and sit with her and take time to talk about our day

  313. Kerry Webber
    19th September 2016 / 10:02 pm

    Dinner is family time. From the preparing food, cooking , setting the table and washing up. Everyone mucks in and there isn’t time for tech.

  314. Monika Bascombe
    19th September 2016 / 10:10 pm

    We just simply banned gadgets at the table. no one questions it – its just the way it is

  315. steven Blake
    19th September 2016 / 10:12 pm

    All mobiles switched off and talk about everyone’s day

  316. 19th September 2016 / 10:20 pm

    We hold conversations and have laughter with no tech or tv allowed

  317. Karen Howden
    19th September 2016 / 10:36 pm

    No phones, tablets, laptops, games machines from 5pm till 6:30pm when its family time

  318. Nikki Hunter-Pike
    19th September 2016 / 10:47 pm

    just put all electronics out of sight and turn the sounds off of phones!

  319. Maz Thorbuen
    19th September 2016 / 10:51 pm

    No Gadgets or phone allowed and turn the Wifi off lol

  320. Terrie-Ann Wright
    19th September 2016 / 10:52 pm

    No technology is allowed at the table and the TV is turned off. Simple.

  321. Tamsin ean
    19th September 2016 / 10:53 pm

    mainly we talk about stuff we have coming up in the calander and it leads to other stuff and the tech stuff is forgot aabout

  322. Holly Boyd
    19th September 2016 / 11:01 pm

    We use it as catch up time. It is usually the only time we are all together of a day to chat about how things are going.

  323. Joanna Kasznicki
    19th September 2016 / 11:02 pm

    We don’t have any tech at the dinner table. That is family time to talk about the day and what everyone is upto.

  324. Oksana Fitzgerald
    19th September 2016 / 11:11 pm

    Our rule is no phones at the dinners are allowed

  325. Natalie Gillham
    19th September 2016 / 11:39 pm

    A no phone rule and chatting about our days and plans for the week x

  326. Scott fallon
    19th September 2016 / 11:41 pm

    Lock the tech in a cupboard.

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