I recently asked on my Facebook page, “How many times a week do you eat together as a family” I was actually surprised at the number of moms that responded saying they eat together most days of the week. We typically eat together about 4/7 days a week, but I don’t count the weekends because well… cereal hardly counts as a meal and mostly my children are forced to forage for food on their own. I like to think that I’m teaching basic survival skills, that will ensure they have sustainability when they leave our home.
But really, as much as I would love to sit down Donna Reed style and have dinner 7 days a week, I know that our schedules just don’t always allow for it. We have 4 kids in sports and our evenings are often occupied with practices and lessons. No doubt that time to connect together as a family is important, it’s sometimes the only time where we are all together and completely tuned into each other without other distractions.
If you have toddlers or babies- you may have just laughed at that last statement.
We have had many hard discussions around the table about wrong choices and tough choices, we have laughed until we cried over funny work stories and toddler antics. And we have settled many important debates- you know like which super heroes are better DC or Marvel?
Each of these moments have grown us as a family.
I want our time together to continue to be meaningful, especially as our children grown and encounter more hard truths about this world, this country. I want to allow for better connection and intentionality during the short time we have together.
I have mulled over what I wanted this to look like in our home for awhile. I have had this idea about a current events discussion time that I wanted to do with our children at breakfast in the mornings but I have since decided that I would love to have my husband in on the discussions to offer his thoughts as well. Each week I am creating a Dinner time Conversation Planner where current events will be talked about and discussion questions will be asked.
If you are interested in getting a weekly discussion guide Click Here and I’ll add you to my list for it.