Some might say eating dinner together makes you stronger as a family. Well, In my opinion on every night we all have some different pleasant stories which becomes are memory.
Don’ts for a happy & enjoyable dinner :
1. Mix your kids . Its impossible to avoid if you have more than one kid, but try your best. If you live with teenagers, there will almost never be a meal where they are not annoyed, embarrassed, or tortured by the very existence of their younger siblings. They will grow out of it, but in the meantime, it’s like walking a tightrope.
2. Serve leftovers. There will either not be enough to satisfy everyone or it will be a food that someone hoped they might not see for a few weeks. There’s just too much room for error.
3. Try to make it fast. No matter what the age, kids move slower the more they realize you’re in a hurry. Do they usually blow through their meal in five minutes? Plan on thirty if you need to leave early. This will also be the night they spill something.
4. Uneven amount on plates. It doesn’t matter if it’s a good food or a bad food, they will be looking around to see who got more macaroni and cheese, or who had to eat an extra sweet potato. And you will hear all about the unfairness.
5. No one’s like food you cooked. Your unpleasant experience will begin as soon as they ask what’s for dinner. You’re making that just because you know I hate it. Yes, I am. I keep a list of what you hate and try to make things on that list as often as possible.
6. Insist on table manners. We have been trying to teach manners since our kids were in highchairs, but seriously some nights we have to just let it go. I can repeat again, use a fork, or I can focus on the dinner conversation and hope that they aren’t still eating that way at their wedding.
7. Sit certain people next to or across from each other. There is a delicate seating arrangement that usually brings the most harmony. Messing with this balance comes at a cost.
8. Make your younger one with you only. Pro-Tip…
So are family dinners even worth the effort? Yes, because sometimes the stars align. Sometimes the mood is just right and we do have great conversations. We linger a little laughing. There’s a fellowship and connection that’s sweet.