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Dinner time is a time I have come to attempt to treasure.
Hear me out.
I used to loathe dinner time. It seemed impossible to get the kids on a “schedule” where we could all sit and eat at the same time. Brandon comes home at the same time every night about 25% of the entire year thanks for three busy seasons, so it can be a struggle. Now that Brayden is in school all day, I really like to be able to reconnect with him at dinner time. He has proven to be a kid that needs some down time after school so I try not to overwhelm him when he walks in the door. Plus, if I spend the time to MAKE dinner, I want to be able to sit and eat it as a family. It doesn’t seem like too much to ask, right? Here’s how we maximize our family dinner time.
Try to have dinner around the same time every night.
This can be a tough one, but for the most part, we eat at the same time or within a half hour of that time. This gives the kids a good sense of routine, so they know what’s coming next. Also, they benefit from being able to have time after dinner to digest, relax, and get ready for bed.
Engage the kids about their day.
This is when I like to talk to the kids about their day. How was school? What did you learn that was new? What do you think you will do tomorrow at school? Do you have any homework? Any and all things school and life related, we like to discuss at dinner. I like getting a peek into their day, especially since Brayden is gone all day! They like to talk about what our upcoming plans are for the week ahead and it is nice to have this time to regroup as a family.
Get the kids involved.
Kenley loves to help in the kitchen, and Brayden likes to set the table. By letting them help, they feel involved in dinner time and are more apt to sit long enough for us to finish a meal. Plus, they are learning routines that set a good tone for school nights.
Take the hassle out on busy nights.
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