#56 Eat Dinner With The Family

Right now you eat dinner with us — largely because we strap you in your high chair and make you 🙂

However the time will come when you become increasingly busy. Sports practices, band recitals, friends whose mom’s make better dinners, will start to draw you away. I’m begging you now to please under every circumstance possible eat dinner with the family. Spend your days at school, your afternoon playing and doing what makes your heart sing, but spend an hour a day at the table with us.

Dinner together is more than just a chance to eat and refuel. It is an opportunity to talk, to catch up on the busy lives we often get caught up in running around leading. It’s a chance to vent, to argue, to laugh, and to spend at least one hour of your day with people who won’t always like you but I promise will always love you.

If you can promise to come to the table and eat–I can vow to keep attempting to make meals that don’t suck and turn off the TV long enough to listen to the sound of your chewing or hopefully the voice of your day. I’ll let you argue with your dad and maybe your future siblings, and ask for dessert even though you haven’t touched my attempt at a casserole. Sometimes I’ll even let you squeak out on dinner early if you will amuse me with a few minutes of your time–although it means you’ll have to stick around for dishes the next day.

Eat dinner with the family now, eat dinner with your family when you grow up…in a world of rushing here and there and everywhere you will be glad you did. Here you are eating leaves last fall…can’t believe how much you have grown since this picture..but I promise to never serve you leaves for dinner.

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3 thoughts on “#56 Eat Dinner With The Family

  1. We do ‘Family dinner’ every Sunday. We have done for many years now. It is a three generation affair and we all treat it as very important. When our eldest was away for a year in Paris on her Erasmus last year, she dialed in on skype at dinner time. She cooked hers in Paris, I cooked ours in Dublin. I rested my computer on the bread bin at one end of the table. It became the norm. It seemed strange not talking to her on the screen when she arrived back in person. Keep doing the family dinner. It’s great.
    Best,
    Conor

    1. Thanks Conor! From the looks of your blog and the things I see mentioned for family dinner I wouldn’t blame any family member of mine if they said they were headed to dinner at your place instead! I love the skyping to be at the meals–too sweet!

  2. Such good advice. Eating with my family when I was a teenager was tougher than tough. But as an adult, I finally see the value in my parents insistence that I eat with them. We do the same thing with our kids now.

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