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Families Share Dinner Together Again Amid Outbreak

Posted at 9:39 PM, Mar 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-19 22:39:21-04

Fighting the coronavirus has schools closed, kids sports and activities cancelled, and many people working from home.

It also has restaurant dining rooms closed. So, eating at the family table is back.

"Everybody is kinda confined now. So, it may be a good thing in the long run, kinda get everybody connected back and get to set down and have dinner," said Tom Hahn, picking up dinner at a local carryout spot.

Dr. Lisa Cromer with the University of Tulsa is a psychology professor who talks about the behavioral benefits of eating together.

She says during stressful time periods, family dinner can alleviate anxiety.

"When there’s anything traumatic or potentially traumatic, the very first thing kids need to know is that they’re safe," Cromer said. "They need structure and they need predictably. So, family meal time can absolutely be part of that."

Parents hope this will give kids an opportunity to unplug and share how they're feeling.

"Yeah, I think hopefully the kids will put down some of the technology and maybe get back to the old fashioned family board games and those sorts of things and be a reflection of the family that way," said Travis Wilson as he picks up his family's dinner.

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