The thing about dinner is that it’s not just about the food. I love the food; I love to cook, I love to eat, and I love to feed people. But, more than just food, dinner is a meal – a time for us to come together as a family and take a break from everything else. To share about our days. To talk about what’s coming up. To just be together. And that’s the reason behind our next dinner rule.
Family Dinner Rule #2:
2. Everyone sits and participates in dinnertime, even if he/she chooses not to eat. Sometimes our kids choose not to eat because they don’t like what we’re having. And sometimes they get upset about it. But they are expected to put on a nice face and participate in our dinnertime discussion. Rudeness and bad manners are not permitted, and they are punished with timeout (or an extra chore for the older kids).
And those are all of our rules. Just two. We have other ideas and strategies that have helped us overcome our picky-eating epidemic and enjoy dinner as a family, but those are the only rules.
Here’s what’s for dinner at our house this week.
Tuesday: Potato, Cauliflower and White Bean Soup
Wednesday: Grilled Chicken Salads
Thursday: Meatloaf and Green Beans
Friday: Red Pepper Frittata Squares and Brussels Sprouts
Saturday: Turkey Burgers and Sweet Potato Fries
A couple people asked me last week what we eat on Sundays, which I don’t include on our weekly menus. We usually just eat leftovers and whatever we can throw together easily because the time I spend in the kitchen on Sunday is usually used prepping lunches and dinners for the upcoming week.
What dinner rules help you enjoy dinnertime as a family?
Trying any new recipes this week?