Wednesday, February 2, 2011

bring back the family supper!

I know it is partly how you are raised, and partly your schedule. We have always been in the habit of having dinner together as a family every night of the week...pretty much- once in awhile we eat out, and Sunday nights are sometimes in front of a football game after church.

I have so many good memories of eating together as a family while growing up. I was so spoiled. I knew that every night when my mom called us to eat, there would be a yummy meal waiting for us. My dad was usually already sitting at the table reading the newspaper.

For us, Dave is usually upstairs working in his office, and one of us will yell to him that supper is ready- and I will give the order for who is supposed to wash hands first, second, and third (otherwise there will be a fist fight in the bathroom about who is supposed to be first...)

We have cereal night once in awhile and there are the lame ramen noodle nights too. We have had Mexican night and Chinese night.

This last Chinese night, we clicked on pandora.com (free music website, you pick whichever style music you want to listen to) and typed in "traditional Chinese" music. And on Mexican night we picked "traditional Spanish music." The kids always enjoy this.

Most nights we enjoy catching up on what everyone did that day. Dave will ask what our favorite part of the day was. Some nights we have "the rule" which means no children can talk until they are completely done with their food. (it is almost always me who says, we need "the rule" tonight!! I need silence from them for 15 minutes and conversation with my husband!) And we usually have someone still eating when the rest are all done and may need the timer set to be sure that they finish before it is time for breakfast :)

I would really love to hear from you. Please let me know if you and your family sit down for a meal together each night. What are your schedules like? Do you eat out or order in? Do you cook or does your spouse?

17 comments:

Kellie said...

We always had dinner together... for that matter, whoever was home for lunch and breakfast was always sitting at the table TOGETHER. In fact right after breakfast we took our coffee and all five of us went to the sun room and continued the conversation...now the kids were probably delaying school but those hours spent talking as a family are priceless memories that we won't have again! Keep it up and cherish those times... soon they will be grown!

Kate said...

I'm glad we're not the only family who needs "the rule" at our house! And a timer other nights! Family dinners are the norm around here. Our favorite- snack/appetizer night while we watch a movie!

Tracey said...

I grew up with my family sitting at the table every night for dinner and I continued that when I got married. I cook dinner most nights as we live too far out of town for take out. I love seeing the members of my family all around the table. I was surprised when I heard that a lot of families don't eat together; I wouldn't miss it!

Marsha said...

I love sitting around the table with my family to eat! We just started a new thing - once a month a family member chooses a letter of the alphabet and together we plan a meal with foods starting with that letter. For instance, on our first Alphabet Night, we had rigatoni, romaine salad, root beer and raspberry bars for dessert. The kids really loved trying to come up a menu.

Hannah Belle said...

We always eat together, too. We have a 16 month old who is (slowly and clumsily) learning to use a fork and spoon, so he rarely eats the same thing we do, but we always sit down at the same time and eat and talk together. No cell phones, laptops, or tvs allowed. The only exception is on Saturdays in the fall when we can always find a good college football game on tv. We usually order pizza and sit in the front of the tv on those days! :) It's a treat!

gypsy@Hebrews11:13 said...

I LOVE the idea of theme music on pandora. Thank you for sharing that idea!!! I cook every night(or we have leftovers). We eat together every night and talk as a family about our day, new things we learned. Last night we discussed conjoined twins- don't ask. I wouldn't trade mealtimes together for anything! The talks we have with our kids are priceless. Friday nights is always appetizers on the floor in the living room with a movie. Other than that we sit around the table.

Lauren said...

We always sit down together as a family. I grew up this way and see it as such a great time to be together...bonding time. I love your "rule" about not talking until you have a clean plate. We are a chatty family! I love the times when the children are excused and jon and I just talk over dessert! And, the kiddos love to help set the table, and have to take their plates, over to the sink after. Friday nite is usually pizza night and hopefully we all get to eat out once a weekend!!!! I love Sunday dinners...usually make a larger dinner! And isn't pandora the best?

Jen said...

Love the Pandora idea. I play it all day, but never thought about the different kinds...great idea!

Yes, we eat supper together. Love it!

Bethany said...

Oh yes, we ALWAYS have dinner together as a family, and they are, and always will be my most cherished memories of my family!

Anonymous said...

I grew up on family dinners too. I almost always cook, but sometimes we order pizza. Sometimes my husband is absent from our dinner because of needing to work late, but most of the time we all eat together. And yes, sometimes we need "the rule" - we use it when someone has trouble remembering not to talk with food in his mouth. Our timer days are less frequent than they used to be. Whew! We have fun with "picnics" during the long winter here. We'll put out a blanket on the floor and have a "picnic" supper while we watch a movie. We started that fun when the kids were pretty small and it stuck.

D.I.M. Incorporated said...

Yum!This looks delicious!We always eat dinner together as a family. The kids especially love it when they've helped cook what we're eating. I love the Pandora idea. We'll have to try that!

Donovan Doins said...

We are a family dinner family. Most nights I am the chef, but two nights a week hubby is the gourmet cook. Some nights he will bring home pizza or chinese, but most nights it is homemade for us. I can definitely learn from the rule!! May have to try that one.

Sue said...

Sounds pretty much like our house! We have "the rule" and the timer going most nights too. I cook every meal (happily except when I don't know what I feel like having) and occasionally we get pizza or some sort of take out. We'll have to try the Pandora mood music too :)

pattie said...

Oh, what we would we do without family dinners?? Love it! We always go around the table and tell the best part of our day, and just being together sparks such great conversation and the ever present "teaching moments"!;)
Every other friday night we have pizza in the LR while we watch a movie (the other Fridays are date night for me and Hubs--another "can't live without" essential!!)
I think, no matter what you serve, the kids will look back on family dinners as some of the best parts of childhood...I know they'll be some of my best memories!

sarahssweeties said...

We eat together at the table a lot. It's a must have in this family, and I can tell when we need it after having a crazy day (or week).I do most of the cooking. Chad is in charge of getting the table ready and getting drinks.

Ruth said...

We always eat together. We always did when I was growing up and I knew I wanted to do the same thing with our kids. Most of the time I cook. I am always looking for new and tasty recipes.

Ruth

Laurie Miller said...

First of all . . .I really enjoy checking in on your blog throughout the week. Keep it up! My family is much older than yours - I have four children and my "baby" is 14. We always had family dinners when the children were younger - but I enjoy them even more now. Due to the age of our family it is not every night that we all gather around the table - but we do at least weekly! It's still my favorite part of the week - to share a meal, conversation, learn about their lives and definitely share a laugh or two.