We are big proponents of eating together as a family. Gathering for dinner is a time for sharing not just the food on the table but also to catch up on our day’s events. Pikelet and Lollo like to tell us about the ‘best bits of the day’ and also talk about solving the challenges they’ve faced during their day. Although the kids are just four and six years old and life isn’t too dramatic at this stage, Beefcake & I want to set this framework now so they know that the channels for openness are always there. We also use the time to teach table manners and try new foods in a familiar environment.
However a couple of nights a month, Beefcake & I set aside time to have dine-in date night. It’s usually on a weekend where we can cook together and then enjoy a leisurely one-on-one meal with wine and uninterrupted adult conversation. This is what we intend to do this Valentine’s Day. Check out the sweet invitation I got!
Whoa you say… where are the kids? We set a little table for them in the living room so they can dine together while watching a movie of their choice. Pikelet & Lollo love these dinner and movie nights too. The time allows them to bond as brothers and have uninterrupted kid chatter. Their conversations are just delightful when we eavesdrop.
Lollo - knock knock
Pikelet – who’s there?
Lollo – banana split in your face!
They fall over laughing and the jokes continue.
The benefits of eating together extend way beyond nutritional values, it feeds our souls and brings us closer. And you can’t beat those priceless knock knock jokes.
For more information on the benefits of eating together, check out Blog For Family Dinner Project.
This post is dedicated to my Beefcake – my inspiration and muse. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Till our next Happy Meal!
Thanks for listening to my Motherhood Musings
Cheryl Collett is a mom on a mission to expand her kids’ palates and IttyBittyFoodies chronicles their yummy adventures. For recipes and other crafty fun ideas, look under HomeMade or check out the best kid friendly places under Restaurant Reviews where the food is delicious for both parents and children. Get the latest updates if you Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @ittybittyfoodie