I know it sounds hokey but we go around the table and tell everyone what our favorite part of the day was. We started with 2 truths and a lie and then listing the best and worst parts but we really wanted to just encourage the positive stuff in our days. Both parents work and the kids are at school so we spend a large part of our days separate. Usually the first go round doesn't do much to get conversation going but we keep going around until something sparks a conversation.
eta: Sometimes we just make them sit there until they have something nice to add. ;^)
Edited by: HECKSYEAH at: 8/9/2012 (13:31)
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I'm surprised week 1 is practically done for me already. I think we've eaten together at the table 2 days, and tonight will be 3. I have started having the tv off during dinner. Any ideas on keeping the family at the table though? I hate taking 45 minutes to an hour to prepare a meal and then only spending 10-15 minutes at the table.
My husband & I felt sitting down to eat was important from the start ! We generally eat dinner together as a family at least 5-6 nights and always one parent and both kids on the other nights, we don't eat in front of TV except for maybe popcorn, we have lunches together most days and breakfast together 2-3 times per week. It is an important time to discuss our day, spend time together and just talk. We do not have discipline talks/read mail/any distractions... only discipline at table if it is directly related to table manners because we come together to eat and enjoy time together as a family! You just need to make it a priority when you are home with other family members ...if you are at work that can't be helped but try on days off !
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I would love to eat together as a family more but we already eat together any meal I am not at work. Tues – Saturday I work 10-7 so I get home around 7:30 which is too late to have dinner, I even eat lunch and dinner at work. I am not sure how we could fit in any more meals together. On my days off we eat all our meals together and on Saturday or when they kids are out of school we have breakfast together. Not sure how to solve this or if there is a solution.
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That is so hard for everyone. We can't always eat together. At breakfast it is just my daughter and son. Lunch, it is just my daughter (I am bad about forgetting to eat because I am trying to take care of everything--no wonder I never feel good) and dinner it is the whole family. I have a hard time remembering to take care of myself because we can't always eat together. I know that if everyone could eat as a family they would. Everyone's busy schedules can prevent that so you just have to do what is best for you and your family. I like the message below me. It has some good suggestions I think.
I would suggest moving your childs time back a little and you move yours up. A child eating in front of a TV is not a good habit to start. It teaches over eating and doesn't allow for your child to get one on one time discussing his or her day. Eating later is not good for you as well, because if you try to go to bed with undigested food in your system is may effect your sleep and or your digestive track. If you are not hungry when your child eats, eat a lighter meal and then have a side with the husband or finance when he gets home. That way you are making both members feel special in the family.
I have also do spurt cleaning. Whenever there is a commercial break at night during TV time I go load the diswasher, or vaccum. It is amazing how much you can do in 2 minutes when you make it into a game. My husband is in the military and I am often the Mom/Dad/Maid. Whenever I have 5 minutes here or their I make the most of them so I can when time is needed have time to spend with the family. Example when the kids are eating their breakfast in the morning I am normally cleaning because I know I have 15 minutes before I have to hussle them out the door that I can start a load of laundry, fold laundrey, take clothes upstairs, etc. When I do small burst like that I have more time to sit and relax with the kids.
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I find myself doing the same thing. My son will be hungry early so i will make him something, and then make something for my bf, then i will end up eating later when i clean up or while i cook. One of my goals will be still turing everything off and sitting down at the table with my son once he is ready to eat. even if i am not ready to eat i can still talk to him about his day at school and help try and establish that habits for him
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Hey, I have a problem. I adore eating with family, but I'm a working mom and my fiancee works as well. I get home after my daughter has had lunch, and she goes to sleep at 6:30pm sometimes 7pm. My fiancee gets off work around 7:30 and isn't home until around 8pm. My daughter usually eats a big lunch so she has something lighter for dinner, and eats in front of the TV while I clean house.
I want to eat as a family but due to time issues, I don't know how I can do it. I'm not usually hungrey when my daughter eats dinner, so I wait and eat dinner with my fiancee. We will eat meals as a family on Sundays, the only day my fiancee has off, I will eat lunch with my spawn on Saturdays, but what about the rest of the week?
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