Family Dinners

Jill - posted on 01/07/2013 ( 2 moms have responded )

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I'm making it a priority to have Family Dinner in our house this year at least once a week. I'm Baby Stepping my way to maybe 2 or 3 if possible. How many of you actually have Family Dinners - some semblance of one in your home? If so how often? Am I strange in that our lives are just so hectic it is hard to find the time?

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Ariana - posted on 01/07/2013

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Well, I only have one child so it might be easier, but I try to always be there at dinner time. Now sometimes I end up just making something quick for him and sit with him while he eats, not going to lie. Just as long as we're both together while he's eating. I always try to have us eat dinner together if I can.

I think it's really great that you're trying to do this, and in a realistic way too! I know my friends mom tried to do that but she could never manage to get everyone to the table and just gave up. Definitely start trying for 2 or 3 and work your way up. Another way to do it is to plan all the meals out (so maybe prepare some on the weekend and freeze them for the days where you know you're going to be super busy).

I was actually going to say another way would be to commit to having dinner together for 30 days NO MATTER WHAT, even if you have to buy fast food and sit down at the table and eat it, as long as you're all sitting together eating dinner. The reason I suggest this is that it takes 30 days for a behavior to become a habit, once you've gotten through 30 days of eating dinner together, no missed days, it will become more natural. Not to say there won't be days when you don't eat together, but it'll be less. The kids will also be less likely to resist it if it becomes a common thing that they're expected to do, rather than something you randomly make them do. Just a suggestion.

Good luck to you and it's a great idea!

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Jill - posted on 01/07/2013

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Ariana, thanks so very much for the excellent advise. I plan to Baby Step my way through it and, like you said, they might not always be traditional "sitting down and eating the same thing". One of my goals is to teach them more about nutrition - by example, but I also know myself well enough. If I bite off too much, I'll fail and just give up. So Baby Steps. I'll shoot for one night. Then two and maybe work my way up to three. Even if it is just fast food every now and then. It is still better than scarfing it in the car on the way to lacrosse practice.

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