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The Incredible Power of the Kitchen Table

21 May
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Michael Grose

The kitchen table is a parent’s best friend. It’s where conversations occur. It’s where thoughts are aired, complements are given and food is shared.

If you want to get a window into a child’s world then you need to sit around the kitchen table with him or her.

When I was a kid mum always made sure there’d be some food on the table when I came home from school. As soon as I came through the back door I’d throw my school bag in my room and come and sit down at the kitchen table to eat.

Mum used to sit at the kitchen table have a cuppa at the same time. She always did..... or it’s seems like she did as when I think of her I usually think of her sitting around the kitchen table. They’re my special mum memories. What are your special memories attached to? 

It’s no coincidence that those countries with a strong food culture also have strong families.

When people eat together they talk. You can’t help when your behind is anchored to a chair.

People also attach emotions to different locations. I’d like to think in my family link happy, joyous feelings to our kitchen table.

After all we’ve had plenty of birthdays, Christmases, fantastic dinners, big breakfasts and countless other gatherings around our kitchen table. The thought of it makes me feel good.

I reckon the kitchen table anchors my kids back to their childhoods and gives them a sense of belonging.

That’s why the kitchen table is the first place they to when they come home for a visit. They feel at home again.

On my trips to England I’ve noticed that the Poms don’t use the kitchen table like Aussies do. In fact, about a third of English homes don’t have a kitchen table at all. People eat in shifts and in front of the television. That’s a huge shame.

English educators are concerned. They want their parents to talk to their kids more. They know when parents talk with their kids they enrich their vocabularies, and better still, influence their thinking.

They know that the kitchen table is a powerful ally in creating talk between the generations. That’s why they are encouraging people to sit at the kitchen table more.

Yep, the power of the kitchen table is immense. Don’t underestimate it or underuse it!


You can build a family around the kitchen table and that’s quite a feat.

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