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?