Skip Ribbon Commands
Skip to main content

Making Memories at Mealtime

March 23rd, 2015     By Boys Town Contributor

At The Table, Family, Mealtime, Toddler

Teachable moments can come from a wide variety of sources, including other parents. From time to time parents write blogs for us that we think you will find interesting, useful, or entertaining. Please enjoy this post from a fellow parent. 

Family dinners have always been important to me. I grew up in a home where family mealtime was a priority. My parents always encouraged me to invite my friends to family dinners when I entered high school and extended family gatherings included a table big enough for all of us to sit together. When it was time for me to buy my own home, a large dining room was a must so we would have place where the whole family could fit.

Now as a parent, I strive to instill the importance of family mealtime in my own children. I know in order for them to want to have family dinners we have to make them something they look forward to. About three years ago we started talking about our “favorite part of the day.” Now when we sit down at the table, the second thing out of the kids’ mouths is always “favorite part of the day?” If you are wondering what the first thing is, it’s usually either praise for hot dogs for dinner and complaints for broccoli.

This seemingly small tradition does a couple of very important things for our family:

Granted, my four-year old’s favorite part of the day is often dinner since that is what is happening at the moment. He is also probably the most excited to start the conversation. My hope is that as the kids get older we can also add our biggest challenge of the day. As they get older, I want them to know that no matter what, we can always find something positive in our day and that when life doesn’t go their way, I want them to know that they can talk about it with us, that we can work through it together and that that the opportunity is available on a regular basis at the table.

 

Related Posts

 

 

Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Share Your Family Dinner Experience, AtTheTable and AfterTheTablehttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/share-your-family-dinner-experience.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Share Your Family Dinner Experience, AtTheTable and AfterTheTableIn today’s world, it’s easy for families to live a lot of their lives apart. Parents are at work, kids are at school, and when there is free time, both are often content to immerse themselves in social media or other screen time.September 10, 2018Parenting AdviceIn today’s world, it’s easy for families to live a lot of their lives apart. Parents are at work, kids are at school, and when there is free time, both are often content to immerse themselves in social media or other screen time.Boys Town Contributor
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Setting the Table for Time Togetherhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/setting-the-table-for-time-together.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Setting the Table for Time TogetherStudies have shown time and again that no matter what your family looks like, eating meals together strengthens bonds and leads to better communication and a happier, healthier family.September 10, 2018Parenting AdviceStudies have shown time and again that no matter what your family looks like, eating meals together strengthens bonds and leads to better communication and a happier, healthier family.Boys Town Contributor
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Self-help Storybook Created from the Hearthttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Back-to-School-Gift.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | A Self-help Storybook Created from the HeartNew classrooms, new routines, new teachers and new schedules all make going back to school a little more exciting for kids. Okay, exciting might be overstating it a bit. Perhaps "energizing" is a more apt description.July 24th, 2018UncategorizedNew classrooms, new routines, new teachers and new schedules all make going back to school a little more exciting for kids. Okay, exciting might be overstating it a bit. Perhaps "energizing" is a more apt description.Boys Town Contributor