#shareitsaturday / anti-electronics strategy for family dinner at restaurants

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I love finding ideas on social media – especially now that sites like Instagram and Facebook make it super easy to save posts you want to remember or come back to. That’s exactly what I do when I see something good for our weekly #shareitsaturday feature.

This Instagram post from Nichole Nordeman is such a great idea for those of us that find ourselves out at restaurants with the need to entertain kiddos, but really fighting the easy distraction of having our noses in the cell phone. It’s a real struggle, by the way. Kids get bored. And loud. It’s so easy to pull out the phone and let them watch a video until the food comes.

YES! Why don’t I pack easy card games in my purse or my car to have on hand?? This would let our family actually enjoy each other’s company and have fun at the same time. It made me think of the games on the table at Cracker Barrel restaurants. Do y’all remember these?

photo source Tripadvisor

You could pack a little entertainment bag in your car just for taking into restaurants. I’m going to pack these items in our stash.

a dry erase board and markers
card games – UNO, Go Fish, Old Maid, etc.
paper and pens, markers/crayons
bingo
thank you cards – to leave for our servers with tips

How about you? Do you have any ideas or strategies for not using electronics at the dinner table? I’d love to hear your comments below.

Let’s start an anti-electronics campaign at the dinner table!

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5 comments

  1. Several times I have asked for 4 extra straws from our waiter. Then we set it up like this # then use the sweet & low and sugar packets to play tic-tac-toe. We all play and my purse isn’t loaded down either.

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  2. We also play “I Spy” for items in the restaurant.
    We USED to be the parents that would let our kids watch their iPads, but now want true family time.
    One last thing we do is we go around the table and ask each other “____ what was the worst part of your day” (our kids love it when it’s “their night” to ask everyone)we discuss what they could have done differently, how the situation could have been prevented, or how they should have reacted. Once we have made it around the table, then we end on a positive… we ask “____ what was the best part of your day and why?!” They LOVE this new tradition.

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    • Yes!! We do the question too – every night at dinner we ask what was the favorite part of their day and they love that. I’ll have to add in the other ideas!

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  3. I know this isn’t something you can do but when we were in Cody the restaurant there didn’t have tablecloths for the table instead the whole table was covered with white newsprint paper. Then in the center of the table was a glass with colored pencils. It just begged all of us to draw something then we had to see what every one else was drawing, Our dinner came so quick we weren’t wanting to stop our masterpieces. I love this ideas from such great mamas.

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