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Technology has hijacked dinnertime: this funny device can help!

Technology has hijacked dinnertime: this funny device can help!

I’m not sure if this new device is funny or a sad commentary on the culture in which we are raising our kids.  Maybe a bit of both.

Experts agree that sitting down as a family at dinnertime is one of the most important ways for families to connect and kids to succeed.  Some of the specific benefits of family dinners are better academic performance, higher self-esteem, greater sense of resilience, lower risk of substance abuse, lower risk of teen pregnancy and so much more.  (If you’d like to know more about the research behind the benefits of family dinners, Dr. Anne K. Fishel’s Food for Thought blog is a great place to start).

So, why don’t we do it? 

In addition to overpacking our schedules, technology has hijacked family dinnertime. So to help bring families together for dinner, Dolmio created the Pepper Hacker. It cracks pepper, shuts down TVs, wipes out WiFi and disables mobile devices. Watch their experiment reclaim family dinnertime and tell us your thoughts!

Amber Johnson
Author: Amber Johnson

Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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Amber is the founder and editor of Mile High Mamas, travel writer and former columnist for The Denver Post. She is a passionate community builder and loves the outdoors. She has two awesome teens and is happily married to a man obsessed with growing The Great Pumpkin.

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