We talked about making a family resolution a month ago…I suggested we start eating at the dining room table.
We usually eat in the living room, but now we have a tween in the house, he’s been squirreling away alone. I didn’t like it, but it seemed like a harmless way to let him have some independence.
So I broached the idea tentatively.
And they surprised me.
I came home in the dark after working one Sunday at the swish boutique that carries my crocheted items. Thing 2, age 7, was scurrying around in an apron setting the (newly cleaned off) dining room table.
She had drawn a seating plan, and had taped to the table pieces of scrap paper with our names written on them.
It wasn’t January yet!
We’ve eaten at the table every night but two, and we all seem to enjoy it. My more traditional neighbor always sang the family meal’s praises. She did it her kids’ entire lives, and still hosts the whole family plus a son-in-law every Sunday. I continue to be surprised at the immediate change it made for us. Everyone comes to the table, we talk, tell about our day, laugh, get antsy, do dishes together, and more. And the “more” is this — I think my cake-eater eats more of his healthy dinner this way! It could be because Mother Is Watching, or it could be that it has turned dinner into a more social affair. I’m pleasantly surprised, and most of all because they actually did it without me! Try it at your house and let me know how it goes. Or tell me how to mix it up after the novelty has worn off. And if you want the lo-down on inspired ways to feed those finicky kids, get my free 20-minute talk HERE.