Family dinners. Don't have them, and the parenting establishment is going to have you thinking your kids are going to grow up into meth heads. The propaganda hits you so hard in the feels that I am actually loathe to admit that we usually only have family dinner on Sundays - and that's family movie night, so we're all eating on a blanket on the living room floor and Bo is making a mess of things and everyone else is staring at a screen or talking about how nice it was that Kronk decided at the last minute not to throw Kuzco over a waterfall but probably shouldn't have agreed to poison him in the first place.
The Family Dinner Project says "Researchers find that families who eat dinner together five nights a week reap great benefits" so we're already way behind. Of course, they also say "Dinner is a time to relax, recharge, laugh, tell stories and catch up on
the day’s ups and downs, while developing a sense of who we are as a
family" so they have apparently never eaten with a cranky 5 year old who had to wait to eat until papa came home and a wiggly 16 month old who is just plain PO'ed that he has been strapped into a high chair and would have preferred to have eaten his dinner at around 4pm.
So do you sit down together as a family every night and eat the same meal across the board? How do you manage it? P. and Bo would prefer to have the early bird special but the mister doesn't get home until around 7pm on many nights. If I give them a snack, they don't want to eat anything else and so then just getting them to sit down is rough. Rougher, even, when you consider that 7pm is half an hour past Bo's bedtime and half an hour before P.'s.
Right now my feeling is that when the little ones are older we'll make more of an effort, but right now at least three of us have breakfast together a couple of times a week. To me it seems more valuable to have a few fun breakfasts missing the mister than to torture my kids by making them eat way too late just in case someone ever offers them meth.
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