How important is dinner time for you and your family? Is it a quick drive through Chick-fil-a? Is it Doordash? Is it on the patio? Dinner is my most favorite time of night. Let’s be honest though….the few hours that get you TO dinner are hell. Why is it that every time I step into the kitchen everyone seems to gravitate toward my feet? Cry more and play less? Every. Dang. Time. However, this is by far one time of day that I want my kids to remember. Dinner, at OUR table.
My family eats dinner together around our dinner table 99% of the time. I think that when I was younger I didn’t realize why my mom made us do the same thing. All talk together, laugh together, cry together, and sometimes hide food in our napkins so we didn’t have to eat it. She did it for a reason. I may not have known it then but she was creating OUR time. It was the one time of day where she could enjoy stories about our day, learn about what makes us happy, what makes us sad, and just really all be present with no distractions.
If I am being truthful, not all the time is our dinner table a pleasant thing to walk in to. It can be filled with “try it” bribes, “fine go to sleep” conversations, and “get your feet off the table” in not so nice yelling. But hey, it’s OUR table and I have the power as the adult to make the experience how I want them to remember it.
How you want your kiddos to remember dinner? How do I want their kids to remember it? Try something new if you don’t like how things are going. If y’all are crazy busy with sports or after school activities, make one day a week a family dinner….no distractions. See what happens. See how your heart feels. I promise you wont regret it.
We celebrated Our Father with an early Easter dinner this past Sunday. Here are some fun small touches to add this year if you are hosting. Make it YOUR table this Sunday. You go girl.