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 | From Father Flanagan to the Boys Town Education Model: 100 Years of Boys Town Schools and Teaching Philosophyhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/100-years-of-bt-schools-and-teaching-philosophy.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | From Father Flanagan to the Boys Town Education Model: 100 Years of Boys Town Schools and Teaching PhilosophyIn 1919, Boys Town opened its first organized school for the boys in its care. The boys had been receiving some level of educational instruction si...September 17, 2019Boys TownIn 1919, Boys Town opened its first organized school for the boys in its care. The boys had been receiving some level of educational instruction si...Boys Town Contributor
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Adoption Brings Happy Ending to Girl's Search for Forever Familyhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/Adoption-Brings-Happy-Ending-to-Girls-Search-for-Forever-Family.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | Adoption Brings Happy Ending to Girl's Search for Forever FamilyPersian was an 11-year-old girl who desperately wanted a family of her own.August 30th, 2019Boys TownPersian was an 11-year-old girl who desperately wanted a family of her own.Boys Town Contributor
Boys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In Our Home and Yours, Summer Vacation Fun Begins with Familyhttps://www.boystown.org/blog/Pages/In-Our-Home-and-Yours-Summer-Vacation-Fun-Begins-with-Family.aspxBoys Town: Saving Children, Healing Families, Parenting Tips | In Our Home and Yours, Summer Vacation Fun Begins with FamilyFather Flanagan was always searching for ways to brighten the lives of the kids in his care. Summer Vacation’s played a key role in his ability to do that.August 6, 2019Boys TownFather Flanagan was always searching for ways to brighten the lives of the kids in his care. Summer Vacation’s played a key role in his ability to do that.Father Steven E. Boes, President and National Executive Director, Boys Town