HAPPY FAMILY: Roma's Tracey Biehn and her family eat at the dinner table every night, but most families are not like this.
HAPPY FAMILY: Roma's Tracey Biehn and her family eat at the dinner table every night, but most families are not like this. Tom Gillespie

Roma family trying to defy ‘sad’ family dinner stats

ROMA’S Tracey Biehn is grateful for dinner every night with her young family – and disappointed more Australians can’t.

New research from Mars Foods has found Australian families feel more connected while sharing dinner than any other activity but only a small minority actually have the dinnertimes they desire.

Time-poor and stressed families are sacrificing the evening sit-down, with only half of Australians eating their weekday dinners at any kind of table.

More than half surveyed sat in front of the TV to eat dinner at least once a week.

Ms Biehn said her family of partner Marek Kosciuczyk and two children eat at the dinner table every night like her parents did, but she’s also added a new twist.

“We all eat together at the table every night and we also started a tradition of telling each other three things we are grateful for,” she said.

“I started that because I wanted my kids to be grateful for the good things.”

Ms Biehn said the statistics were disappointing.

“I guess I wasn’t surprised, but I was a bit sad,” she said.


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