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Talking With Your Mouth Full

Anyone who knows our family knows that sharing our Family Dinner Table is something we value and hold dear. For as long as I can remember, we have been enjoying daily meals with family, friends, neighbours, and strangers.

Friends have asked me what makes it work, and I say it works because the rules have never changed.

Our “Open” Dinner Table rules:

• No hats or hoods – we want to look into your eyes when we talk
• No games, books, cell phones, or electronics at the table – it’s about connecting
• No TV in the background & music is low – we encourage conversation
• No answering the home phone – the people at our table are our focus
• Anyone is welcome – strangers are just friends we haven’t met yet
• There is always enough – we will share what we have
• Everyone sits together – no ‘kids’ table – so that we can learn from each other
• You eat what you like, leave what you don’t, and take only what you need
• No set seating, we want you to be comfortable in your chair
• No topic is taboo, we are honest & respectful – our table is a ‘safe place’ to talk
• Stay as long as you like – leave the table when you are full and fulfilled

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