I know what you mean. I work full time and have two kids who are busy in activities too. Also, my husband works weird hours - his days are split so he works during the day has a break and then works most evenings for a few hours. It's very difficult to find time together but it is so important to make it a priority.
We usually do 2-3 family sit down meals together each week (including weekends) whether I cook or it's out to eat. The rest of the time we just make do. I always find time to sit and talk with each of my kids every day to find out what's going on. Also, when things get really crazy we implement "Family Night" where we do something fun twice a month (sometimes weekly). This seems to keep us close and on the right path.
I agree family meals are vital but they don't always have to look like the traditional model. It's gets tougher as the kids get older (mine are 13 & 10) and we have to become more creative. Then, the kids act like they don't want to make the time for everyone but it's obvious they enjoy it when we do! Hang in there and don't stress too much about it.
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