I recently saw a quote that caught my attention as a busy mom. I’m not sure who originally spoke it, but there is much wisdom to be learned from it.
“You should sit with your family at dinner for 15 minutes a day… Unless you’re busy, then you should sit for an hour.”
As moms one of our roles is to be the keeper of the schedule. The older children get, the more complicated a family’s schedule becomes. Between part-time jobs, activities, and other interests it can be challenging to find time to connect as a family.
Making it a priority to eat dinner together as a family isn’t a new concept. Families have been coming together at the table after long days for most of history. Yet as each family’s schedule becomes more complicated, perhaps the family dinner is more important than ever before.
Here are 3 ways you can make the most of the time you have together around the table:
Make it a rule for parents and children to set their electronic devices aside during dinner. The notifications and updates will be waiting for everyone afterwards. Plus, no one will be tempted to check them during your time together, allowing you to truly focus on one another.
Highs & Lows
Each evening go around the table and let everyone share their favorite thing that happened all day and/or something that was disappointing from their day. This is a wonderful way to build family bonds, as you celebrate each other’s victories and encourage one another through your struggles.
Much like sharing your highs and lows from the day, conversation starters help your family develop a deeper connection to one another.
As a homeschool mom, I’m with my children the majority of my day, so I know them pretty well. Since we’ve been using conversation starters, I’ve gotten to know them on a whole different level, because we talk about things that don’t always come up in daily conversations.
Conversation starters are also a great way to develop character traits. These Gratitude Conversation Starters ask questions to help your family think of things and people they are grateful for.
Conversation starters can cover a variety of topics, some ask what you would do in a certain situation, some have you share your favorite things, some will make you think, and others will make you laugh. No matter the topic, they are a fantastic way to make the most of your time around the dinner table.
Here are a few examples:
- What is your favorite song right now? Why?
- What is a quality that you appreciate about the person sitting to your right?
- If you could plan our family vacation, where would we go and what would we do?
- What would you do if you found $50 on the ground?
- Original movies or remakes?
My family is enjoying working our way through 365 Conversation Starters for the Family this year. It’s a simple way to be intentional about growing our relationships with one another and something we can manage even with our busy schedules.
I hope you’ve been encouraged to make the most of the time your family has together around the dinner table.
If you would like to share your family dinner traditions with me, send me an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear them!
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