My parents never prayed at dinner. They barely sat around a dinner table when I was growing up. But we did pray at night or at least me and dad did. That's where I learned the one prayer I knew as a child: the Lord's Prayer aka The Our Father. We would kneel down beside my bed every night and recite it before I climbed in.
My husband's family isn't big into prayer either. But they sit around a dinner table which is one of my husband's fond childhood memories. My husband is not really religious and has a dislike for what he deems "public prayer" so we don't pray together. He prefers something separate.
I want to make it a family thing for our son to have prayer. It's one of my fond childhood memories. I figure that once our son eats a real dinner with us instead of eating off of me I'll start the meal time prayer. And when he's old enough to kneel and sort of understand what's going on we can begin with some simple bed time prayers. I think the Our Father is a little over a young child's head. We can do the simple Trinity prayer or the Glory Be. It's also easy enough to learn in ASL.
So how have you shared prayer with your child at home? Did you start praying with your child from birth? Or did you prayer over then and waited to pray with them when they were older?