Family dinner

Sir: With reference to Robbie Jones' letter (29 September), I don't think we are like the Waltons, but my family eat together and watch television together.

Our six sons are now aged 17-26, but from tiny children they sat up to the table for family meals. Even now most evenings at least six or seven of us eat together and use the time to share chit-chat about work, college, school, make plans, tell jokes, argue - all the usual family things.

All very valuable and achievable if the will is there!

DIANA ROWSELL

Pulborough, West Sussex

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