Robin, I really love your discussions!
Children definitely look towards their parents to establish some of their habits. So many branches of psychology (developmental, cognitive, social, evolutionary) all have similar views coming to the same conclusion that children, especially at younger ages, will mimic their parents as a way of learning the skills necessary to survive. They may think it's just for fun, but they are learning very valuable lessons.
We are working with my teenage brother now to get him more involved with preparing meals and becoming more mindful of his eating habits. He was raised thinking that mealtime was an individual activity (once he got home from school, he would eat a snack by himself, which also made him too full to eat dinner when everyone else was) so we are trying to get everyone involved now.
I think there would be a HUGE change, not just health related, but also a mindset change of the next generation. With no involvement in meal preparation, children are growing too accustomed to having meals magically appear without questions where is came from, how it got there, or who made it (fast food and frozen meals are a factor here as well). Not only are they not prepared to live a healthy life later in life, they are also feeding their sense of entitlement (I should be clear that this may not be all children).
I do not have kids yet, but I plan on getting them in the kitchen with me as soon as possible!!! I may put them in the high chair while I cook just so they can watch!
I LOVE this!! Al thought, I do think that some social situations that are centered around food are warranted. Eating meals has always been a social activity for humans and other species, and even having food was cause for celebration in some cases. However, I am definitely going to try this :) I think I'm most guilty when I eat out of boredom (one of my favorite activities is cooking so I might have to cut it from the list hahaha).
I loved doing that!! Although, since going dairy free I haven't been able to eat it!! :( BUT I did find a recipe that is almost as delicious. Freeze a banana, then blend it up with a bit of almond milk (I had sweetened vanilla in my house that day) and tada! It's more like froyo than ice cream but delicious. The next batch I made had blueberries and I ate the entire thing in one sitting!
What I've heard and learned is that "om" is the exactly what Giuliana is saying, that it is the entire universe fit into one sound. It represents the connections we have with each other, with animals, plants, germs. Everything in the universe is connected through that "pure consciousness". I had the same silly feeling when I attempted to do it in some classes. It's definitely not for everyone, but I took a class from Hemalayaa (http://www.hemalayaa.com/) once and she is all about sound vibrations. Once I let myself go, I felt more open and confident than ever! I don't practice chanting in my own practice but it really was an amazing experience once I did it!