We are mindful of how objects impact life.
SiLL's offerings make more than a good impression, they embrace family life and togetherness.
They were also designed and developed with the environment in mind. SiLL placemats are made of recyclable material and are packaged in a reusable, drawstring bag made of 100-percent cotton.
Our placemats will not lose form after repeated use and washings (just soap and water!), and they are easy to grip, store and clean, making it easy for children to get involved in (and likely enjoy), setting and clearing the table.
Designs, shapes and colors are interchangeable, so pulling a pretty table together is a breeze.
Most importantly, you and your loved ones will benefit beyond measure by sharing a meal, and time, around a table. According to experts, gathering around a table for a meal is where and when the magic happens (see links below), and we couldn’t agree more. It’s time to set down our devices, set our tables, and rediscover the key to happiness:
In a 2021 position statement, the American Academy of Pediatrics urges pediatricians to “inform parents of the benefits of the Family Table and regularly encourage its implementation” because, as they attest, “when families regularly share meals together, everyone benefits ─ the children, parents and even the community. Making the ‘Family Table’ a priority from an early age can serve as a ‘vaccine’ against many of the harms that come to children from a hurried lifestyle.”
SiLL SIDENOTE: SiLL is thanks to a handful of women with whom I work, collaborate and create. I chose to work only with women in the fabrication, production, packaging and sale of SiLL. This decision was not always the most cost-effective option; however, for me, the more important investment was the long-term relationships developed with these inspiring women. My enormous thanks to Brieana, Joanna, Anri, Jenn, Michelle, Terri, Renée, Lydia and Lindsay. Last but not least: my angels, Sage and Leigh, who test run every placemat before it goes into print.
91% of parents notice their family is less stressed when they share family meals together
— American Heart Association, 2022
While SiLL is meant to offer placemats for all ages, meals and moments, the intention is much more far reaching. Experts tell us the world will be better if we share more meals around the table with loved ones.
SiLL makes that idea easy — and even more beautiful.
Psychology Today, “The Importance of Family Dinner With Your Children.” June, 2023.
“Research shows that regular meals as a family positively affect self-esteem, academic performance, and the overall well-being of children and adolescents (Fulkerson JA, et al. 2006). It is important to note that brain development in youth ages 9-17 is at a highly sensitive stage (Social Media and Youth Mental Health, 2023). Self-worth and identities are forming at this age, which is why sitting down as a family to connect a few times a week can be helpful and impactful in strengthening your child’s emotional health—especially if you enforce a “no phone” policy. It has been noted that parent(s) play the most “critical” role in helping a child build their self-esteem (Darapublishing, 2017). Additionally, if you, as a parent, model healthy self-esteem for your child, it will help increase their self-esteem (Darapublishing, 2017).”
American Academy of Pediatrics, “The Benefits of the Family Table,” 2021.
“When families regularly share meals together, everyone benefits ─ the children, parents and even the community. Making the “Family Table” a priority from an early age can serve as a “vaccine” against many of the harms that come to children from a hurried lifestyle. Pediatricians should inform parents of the benefits of the Family Table and regularly encourage its implementation. In a day when digital distractions are rampant, the simplicity of this concept can be refreshing and encouraging to parents.”
American Heart Association, “New survey: 91% of parents say their family is less stressed when they eat together.”
“CASA reports that family dinners have a similar link to mental health. Adolescents and young adults who seek treatment for depression, anxiety, and other emotional problems are about half as likely as their peers to have regular family meals.”
Child Trends, “Connected at the table: the importance of family meals,” 2016.
“…teens who eat with their families tend to be healthier, happier, and less inclined toward risky behavior. They are less likely to think about suicide, take drugs, or suffer from depression, and more likely to get better grades and delay having sex.”
- Ellyn Satter Institute, “Everybody does better with family meals.”
Society for Research in Child Development, “Reclaiming the Family Table: Mealtimes and Child Health and Wellbeing.”
“The findings are relatively consistent across studies that responsive, well organized, and well-regulated mealtimes are related to more optimal child outcomes.”
“There are few other collective settings in family life [mealtime] that have this potential across the child’s early years into adolescence.”
- Stanford Medicine, Children’s Health, “Family Meals: More than Just Good Nutrition.”
- The Atlantic, “The Importance of Eating Together,” 2014.
- Psychology Today, “The Importance of Family Dinner With Your Children.” June, 2023.
“The shared meal is no small thing. It is a foundation of family life, the place where our children learn the art of conversation and acquire the habits of civilization: sharing, listening, taking turns, navigating differences, arguing without offending.”
― Michael Pollan
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