Monday, April 6, 2015

Dinner: The Most Important Meal of the Day {#FindYourBOLD}

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While nutritionists will argue the importance of a good breakfast to start your day, I will always be a lover of dinner. I don't argue that we need a good meal to start our day off right. Dinner, though, is equally (if not more) important meal in our home. It offers nutritional benefits alongside building family relationships and making memories.  Dinner is the only meal that we are all home for. It is the most important meal of the day for our family. Dinner has always been important to us, and is even more important now that we have JaiseAnn.


Family dinner time rules

Since we value dinnertime, we have some dinner expectations that we follow and will expect our child(ren) to follow as well:

Bless the Food

We pray before every meal. JaiseAnn doesn't even get to start eating until we have blessed the food. It's a good time to be thankful for our blessings and reflect on how lucky we are to have a meal each night. 

Eat At the Table

In the five years we've been married, this has always been the expectation. We eat at the table. The only time we've ever made an exception is for pizza night.Usually once or twice a month, we would order pizza and watch TV while eating on the couch. It's one of those perfect indulgences. Now that we have JaiseAnn, we can't really enjoy our pizza on the couch the same way, so now we even eat our pizza in the kitchen. When JaiseAnn gets older, we plan to do pizza and movie nights and she will get to eat in the living room then, too! We can't wait. 

No Distractions

We don't bring phones to the table or watch television from the table. Our table is an electronics-free zone at dinnertime. (We implement this same rule when we eat out as well). We will expect our children to leave electronic devices behind when that time comes. Dinner time is family time. We want to experience the joy of food and family together. 

Talk

The main reason we eat at the table without distractions is because this gives us an opportunity to talk and connect about our day. Some families have rules about not bringing work home, but we don't. This is the time when I really get to hear about Zach's day and we swap stories. We cannot wait to bring JaiseAnn into the conversation as well. Time as a family in the evenings is chaotic at times. Between playing and cleaning up after JaiseAnn, making a meal, and bathtime/bedtime real time to connect as a couple and family is hard to find. We want to make the evenings count, so we have conversations at the dinner table.

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Clean Up
Mal's favorite part of dinner, is the clean-up. After our meal, we all pitch in to help clean up. We clear the table, load the dishwasher, and generally pick up the kitchen.

What are your the dinner expectations in your home? 

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