7/2/09

Adults Vs. Kids



There's a time and a place for kids at the table with adults during a dinner party, especially during summer months!

But realistically, kids like to eat, and then  they like to run!

They don't like to mingle around the table for hours, enjoying one another's company, like we adults do.

Set the table for the adults.



And let the kids have their space.



Especially on a cool summer evening, when there is so much exploring to do for the kids, and so much connecting to do with the adults!

Now you go and enjoy a great dinner party with your family and friends!  And if you do, make sure and tell me about it!

Do you combine the kids with adults, or do you let them sit together?

10 comments:

Kim said...

It depends. If there are several kids, I get The Bird's table from her room and make them a special place. If it is just a couple of kids, I include them at the table. I made your Easy Green Enchiladas and have a secret stash of the leftovers. They are SO good.

An Adventurer in the World said...

You are absolutely RIGHT about kids eating and running. In fact, I love it when they leave, then the adult conversation can settle in and really get going...

That's when you know your teens are getting older, when they hang on the fringes and want to hear what you're saying!

deb m

JadeLD said...

I think a mixture of both is good, it's great for kids to have their space but also sitting with the adults can teach them good manners and how to communicate with adults. I think it is important that kids are able to sit and be part of the conversatin although I agree that sometime it's great to have an adults only table!

ValleyGirl said...

This last weekend when my brother-in-law, his wife, and their two little girls were out, we ate each meal in shifts. Kids first, adults later. It actually worked really well, except a couple of times the kids actually took a lot longer than we thought they would!! My house simply isn't big enough for a second table for the kids, but this worked okay.

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

We have a large dining room table so we'll often seat our kids with us. If, however, there are kids than just our two we pull out a kids table. No matter where they are seated they always eat and run.

Raquel, The Glamorous Life said...

we usually sit seperate, we will get our kids all settled with the plates, drinks etc then we get to sit and visit and enjoy our conversations with the other adults and then wathc the kids play

and being home with 4 kiddos every day sure makes you crave adult time any way we can get it lol

JanMary said...

We do this too, sometimes feeding the kids first, then as they play, take time to enjoy ours.

La Tea Dah said...

Great post, Sandy ---

Betsy said...

We usually have the kids sit with us. That way we can enjoy them while they eat. After all, it only takes kids about 10 minutes to eat and then they're ready to leave the table! Then the adults can chat.

Anonymous said...

The children's table is a fine old tradition, as is an older child's longing to get away from it. Carefully used, that longing can be a real motivator to a maturing kid to polish up his or her manners.