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  • ShirahRahcoKraus

    Family meals, full of discourse and main course, are something I look forward to, something that connects us as a family. Also, I think it would be difficult for my five-year-old sister to eat silently. That being said, we have a silent meal at camp during our color war (once each of the two months) and I value that custom. I am definitely open to it--just once a week and maybe breakfast instead of dinner. Thanks for this article!

    • Michelle Wang

      ShirahRahcoKraus, agreed! It is not easy for younger children to eat silently but sometimes what I do is engage them in fun little activities at the table like having them name the different colors on their plate, textures, temperatures, tastes, etc. You'd be surprised sometimes by the responses! No wonder in certain parts of the world restaurants hold taste tests with children rather than adults; they are much less pretentious and have a more discerning palate than we might think!