Set limits for screen use. No phones or devices during meals is a simple boundary that shouldn't be too hard to enforce. It will be easier to get the family on board with a small change and won’t be too shocking in terms of untethering. Try collecting phones and putting them in a small basket – this will remove the temptation – temporarily at least.
Before smart everything, people got smart, or at least had fun, playing games. Post-dinner doesn’t have to be spent playing charades, although celebrity charades ups the fun factor, there’s myriad choices especially if you’ve got some old box games handy.
With extra time on your hands not spent scrolling, you might feel motivated to get moving. Take the young ones with you and make exercise less a chore, and more a fun activity. Go to the park and kick a ball around, ramble through the neighbourhood or dust off the bikes for a family ride.
If there’s a big meal coming up delegate side dishes to family. Don’t push the non-cooks too hard though as there are always other ways everyone can get involved. Make it a bit competitive to spur some light-hearted family rivalry: award-winners get a pass on doing the dishes or tea and cake served to them in the manner of royalty.
If you’ve got boxes of old family photos you haven’t gotten around to digitising yet, pull them out for a fun-filled trip down memory lane. If you’ve got photos of family from a few generations back play spot the similarity, or get some help to get the album in order.