You Are Who You Eat With

You Are Who You Eat With - Joy of Mom

Connection. It’s the most valuable part of a family relationship.

Yet it’s also the first thing to dissolve when we inevitably get busy and distracted. Work demands call our attention. Our older children are busy texting with their friends. Laundry and dishes are a never-ending cycle. We retreat to our phones whenever we get a moment of quiet. We love our family, of course. There is just so much to do.

Then, before we know it, we stop saying what’s important. Our family conversation becomes merely a transfer of information instead of a connection of minds and souls. We suddenly realize that the connection we love is barely there anymore.

Luckily, the Mealtime Movement by Smuckers has been created to combat disconnection and create a connection revolution among families. They declare that “mealtime means taking a moment to enjoy food with humans you care about. And it makes a big difference in how we live and grow.” And we couldn’t agree more.

We love this video that Soul Pancake created for the movement. In the interviews of family members at the beginning, you can see and hear not only the disconnection, but also the longing for a true emotional connection with their family.

The truth of the statement breaks our hearts a little when one of the dads says, “We’re on our phones all the time. It’s really sad.”

Then, when each family sits down to a meal, watches the interviews, and talks…well, we won’t ruin the ending but all we can say is “so many happy tears!”

To learn more about the Mealtime Movement and savoring your time with your family, go to

About Vicki Reece

Vicki Reece loves her babies (now in their early 20s), her puppies (whom she thinks she gave birth to) and her hubby. She also loves too much chocolate and really good coffee. When her first son was born, the seeds for Joy of Mom shortly followed. Author, dreamer, doer and admittedly obsessed with things she's passionate about—Vicki brings moms together for the greater good. Through livestreams, or Love Streams as her community's affectionately renamed them, she's found her voice, her passion and her people.

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