(In 2007, I donated peripheral blood stem cells to a 21 year old stranger.  Read about my journey.)

Juice in the City

Mabel's Labels - Labels for the stuff kids lose!

Business 2 Blogger

Tip Jar

Like what you see here?

Leave me a tip or buy me a drink.

Giveaway Posts

Coming Soon!

My Other Hats

Video Production/Editing Services

female empowerment through sports

Softball lessons & clinics.

Female empowerment workshops and mini documentaries.

LIVE web show


 Next episode:

TBA soon!!

Fans of Mommycosm

Where I Hang Out

One2One Badges


« Mommycosm's review of Aetrex's fall boots | Main | Haiku Friday: Bittersweet taste of success »

Ragu Mom's the Word on Dinner: Technology & $100 #giveaway #momstheword

While poking around the Ragu Facebook page, I found this video from back in March before I was a Mom's the Word Ambassador.  It's about technology at the dinner table.  Should you allow phones, iPads, phones, etc. while you are eating?

Check out what these Ragu moms have to say:

I'll admit it.  While I am a stickler about the TV being off during meals.  BUT I do often have my iPhone with me.  If the four of us are all eating together, I make more of an effort.  It's hard to disconnect fully as a work-at-home mom.  It's something I think I need to work on because I think my family deserves more of my undivided attention during meals.

So... I promised another giveaway.  Right?

Wanna win?


One lucky Mommycosm reader will win $100 bank card from Ragu.

Mandatory Entry: Simply leave a comment on this post with your first name and state initials and share your thoughts about technology at the table.

One comment per person, please.  If you have previously won a Ragu giveaway at, you will not be eligible to win.  You must supply an email address in order for me to contact the winner.  (Note: I do NOT recommend putting email within the content of the comment itself.)

Submitting a comment constitutes agreeing to the terms of the Official Rules.


All comments must be received by Monday, December 12, 2011 at 7am.  Mommycosm will use to choose the winner.  Any comments received after the deadline will not be considered for the giveaway.


This post was created in connection with my appointment as an Ambassador in the Ragú® Mom’s the Word on Dinner Program.  Visit to join the conversation.  Information and giveaway provided by Ragu.  Thoughts are my own.

Reader Comments (114)

I don't like any phones or game systems at the table.
Erica C. from MD

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterErica C.

We have always had the policy of no TV's or cell phones on while we are eating.

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Smith

Pat from PA rules are no cell phones, games or tv at dinnertime

December 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Treskovich


I don't like it but sometimes since my daughters are interning they have to have access to phone calls from their mentors. But as a general rule-no phones, laptops, etc. at dinner or you lose it for a week

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTabathia B

Jill in NC

I prefer not to have anything at the table but my family.
For us it's our time to talk about our day, things that are coming up and plans for things we have yet to do.
I feel as if I allowed the television or phones it would take away from that. And I don't want to lose that togetherness.


December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill Myrick

NO! Technology at the table does not happen at our house.


December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTheresa D

Cellphones and ipads should not be brought to the dinnertable!

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMel T

NO tech at our table, EVER. We have limited tech in our home anyway--we have digital cable/DVR, and a desktop computer. No smartphones or smart pads, no video games. "Real life" is good enough for us!

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJennifer M

Diane MI We don't allow any tech stuff at the table, we don't even let our kids kids watch tv during meals

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Baum

We do not usually allow technology at the table. Phones, game systems, and everything off while we eat and enjoy each other's company

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKatharine D

I don't love when other people are messing with their phones during a meal, but it's not the end of the world, either. When I am at home with family, I leave my phone in another room. Otherwise, I usually have it nearby.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKelly

All electronic devices are banned at the dinner table, dinner is family time

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobin - KY

the kida are grown but we never watched tv or anything during dinner

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebra Hall

Sharold F MN.
When we are have a family meal it is a no no. When I am having lunch along I sometimes have to Facebook.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSharold

no way no how

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDaniel M

Bob KY - technology needs to stay off the dinner table. Learn some limits and boundaries.

ky2here at msn dot com

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterky2here

Aisling, MO. It's just me and hubby at home now and sometimes both of us have lunch at our computers. Dinner time is a different story - no technology. We sit and enjoy the meal and talk.

December 10, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAisling

Karin- MN

when eating at the table, no phones or TV... but occasionally have dinner music.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKarin

I don't mind the TV on, depending on the show, but no cell phones etc.


December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDebbie C


I am torn. I was raised on tv at dinner and turned out OK but for my kids its not an option. dinner time is family time until the kid is old enough to drive. How else will we learn about each other's days?

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterferriz

We keep table time for family. No phones at the table.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJill L



Definitely no tech for us at the table!!

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

everything is shut off - no phones, no tv, no radio.......

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCraig Johnson

Angela- Mi

No cell phones/games at the table... we do leave the T.V on though.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAngela cisco

Jody - OH
We do not allow any at the table, its for family time.

December 11, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJody S.

PostPost a New Comment

Enter your information below to add a new comment.

My response is on my own website »
Author Email (optional):
Author URL (optional):
Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <code> <em> <i> <strike> <strong>