We have never had a dinner time. But recently, after a long season of chaos surrounding when to eat, I set a dinner time, 6:30.
The issue at the center of all this is that my husband does not arrive home for the evening at the same time every day.
And so it goes...the children get hungry early, but I want to wait on daddy. So most of the time I feed the kids, and I wait (starving, hangry) until my husband gets home...unless I decide to go ahead and eat (alone) after the kids. This is depressing!
And it was happening more often than not.
On a whim, I declared a dinner time. And now, for almost 3 weeks, we have sat down to eat at 6:30.
Laurie likes to set the table, we light candles, turn on music, plate the food, say a blessing. I sit down with the kids, phone off, eating when normal people eat. There are still evenings when daddy is not home at 6:30, but having the time gives him a goal to work toward.
And now the kids are so funny, telling him, "Daddy, you missed dinner." Like it's a grand event!
This dilemma is representative of many household "problems" that I continue to let happen. It does not even occur to me to take action and seek a solution or improvement.
It was such a win, and it's got me thinking - what else can I fix?
Dinner time has been especially helpful with the time change, too. It feels too early and light outside to eat, but it's time. And it's important that we get on with dinner, so we can get on with bed time because we still have 2 full months of school!
Do you have a dinner time?
Do you eat as a family every night?