Tuesday, September 22, 2020
This morning one of the articles I read was about eating meals with your kids. I have been aware of these benefits for years. It is something my family has always done and I never really thought about. Granted it does get harder as they grow up. While I was growing up, if you were home when we ate, we were just at the table. My parents never made a fuss about it. When my brother and I got in high school, it was harder. He had his sports and I had marching band/pep band. It is something I knew I would do with my kids when I had a family.
Fast forward a few years, and my ex and I started our family. We always made a point to eat together. Sometimes our work got in the way but they had the other parent. We would adjust mealtime if needed to the kids' activities. Once we split up and divorced, I knew this was something my kids needed for normalcy. Even if they weren't eating what I cooked and made their own sandwich, we all sat down at the same time. Sometimes we even eat breakfast together since that is how our timing worked out. At supper, we always had 3 questions we each took turn answering. 1. What was the best part of your day? 2. What was your least favorite part of your day? 3. What made you smile or laugh today? Brings tears to the eyes and warms my heart to remember the laughter and conversations at our table. I truly believe this is part of why your kids turned out well. I sure hope they make mealtime a priority if they have kids.