Disclosure: I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Welch’s. I received product samples to facilitate my review, and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.
Growing up my family was always super busy and having a meal time together at the table with ALL of us didn’t always happen and even right now for my siblings it’s not happening their big sister (hint: Me) is always missing because now I live in Virginia. When I go to visit them I always cherish the very rare moments where we’re all sitting down at the dinner table together.
One thing that growing up with a busy family has taught me is that even though it’s nice to have dinner together at the dinner table in your own home, you don’t always have to be at the dinner table in your home to still experience the togetherness that sharing a meal together can bring!
Put the phones away, the tablets, the computers and the TVs. Enjoy the people you’re sitting with. It seems easy enough but I know so often I’ve not done this and I don’t want to set that example for my kids and I’m sure you don’t either!
Be with Each Other
When you’re on the go it’s not as easy to see each other while you’re eating your meal or stick together. We would often arrive at the baseball fields to watch one sibling or another play a baseball game and we would all quickly scatter to our respective friends. Make an effort to keep your family close while you’re eating and spend some time together. Face to face interaction is good for everyone even when you’re on the go and not at home.
It’s good to ask the typical questions “How was your day?”, “What did you do today?” BUT go above and beyond that. Ask things that will help you learn more about your kids. Get them involved have someone different ask the question every week. Here are some ideas to get you started:
What chore do you like least?
What is your favorite time of day/day of the week/month of the year?
What sound do you love?
If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?
If you won the lottery, what is the first thing you would do?
If you had to change your first name, what would you change it to?
Obviously if you have younger kids you’ll have to tweak these a little but it’s a good starting point!
Give in a Little
Mason typically gets water or milk and we try to avoid giving too much juice because he loves it so much that he would easily fill up on it. Can you blame him? Juice is good. But sometimes I “give in” when he asks for juice with dinner even before he’s taken a bite I give it too him. When he occasionally asks for dessert aka Best Mom Ever Ice Pops before dinner I give it to him because it’s moments like that they’ll remember. And when you make them feel good, they want to make others feels good like when Mason told me “Kyla’s not old enough for juice yet but when she is I’m going to share with her!”. <3
By doing these things I think you’ll find that more connections are being made and you’ll find yourself learning more about your family. When you’re connected with your family you’ll enjoy more moments together, not just the moments around the dinner table but every moment.
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