"The consideration of family mealtime is important because it is such a great measuring stick to help us determine whether or not we are maintaining balance in our homes. If parents are spending too much time at work, there is no family meal. If children are overscheduled and parents are spending too much time traveling between other commitments, there is no family meal. If we are too sedentary and watch too much television, or spend too much time on the computer, there is no family meal. In short, when our lives get out of balance, the family meal is usually the first thing to go."
-Lynnae W. Allred
in Piggyback Rides and Slippery Slides: How to Have Fun Raising First-Rate Children