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10/29/11 9:29 A

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Hubby and I sit down and map out a game plan on Sunday nights. Usually we can figure out a "window" between activities where everyone can eat together. Sometimes it means one of us meets the other at the soccer field w/ a picnic dinner and we all eat before hauling the other kid to guitar lessons. lol

Sometimes it's a little late, but we can usually work it out. We've also found that a little planning when signing up can help, like Hubby found scout groups for both boys that have their main meeting on Sunday afternoon. No rushing after work to get them there and they are all home for dinner.

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9/12/11 10:36 A

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At my house whoever is home at dinner time sits at the table and we went together. I have a 16 year old and 10 year old. So, sometimes it is just my youngest and me, my husband works from 11am-7pm. When my oldest gets home I try and sit with her while she eats or just talk for a little while and same while hubby is eating. Try not to stress about it. We eat together when we can!!

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9/10/11 9:47 P

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I would say to try to have family breakfast at least twice per week and then have family breakfast and dinner on the weekends. I would still get as much of the family together each night for dinner as possible.
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9/9/11 5:11 P

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Yes, we do have big family breakfasts on weekends and Friday night is our going out to eat night. Whichever one of the kids makes the best grade on a test during the week gets to pick where we go to eat. Tonight, my husband is picking since both kids made bad grades. :)

I guess I will just have to get used to our new routine. It's going to be hard since my parents could not afford after school activities for me when I was growing up and we always had dinner together until I left for college. It's strange to me.

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9/9/11 1:57 P

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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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9/9/11 1:40 P

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Can you still do family dinners on the weekends? We try to make time for at least 3 family MEALS a week- whether that's breakfast or dinner- whenever we can fit the time.

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9/9/11 12:51 P

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I have always believed in family dinners and have managed to have daily family dinners every weeknight until this school year. Now, I am totally lost. My kids have so many activities after school that I don't think family dinners are possible now. I don't like it. But, I hate taking away their activities since they are all very good for the kids.

Do you all have family dinners. If you don't, how do you do this. This is very new to me.

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