When you have guests over to your home, sit at the head of the table. This is a place of honor, it is true, but it is also a place of responsibility and service: it is the place where you can see all your guests at once and make sure that they are engaged and cared for. If you sit anywhere else, then when you turn toward one person you turn away from others, and the more lively the conversation the longer you will be neglecting the quieter members who are sitting the other direction from you. Thus the joy of spirited conversation is marred. There is no reason for this—sit at the head of the table and you can include the quieter ones with a glance now and then and more easily bring them into the conversation.
This advice applies when it’s just your wife and children around your table as it does when you have guests: sitting at the head of the table helps facilitate your care for your own family as well.
The head of the table is a place of service.