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Jill Fay: Get everyone to the dinner table | Moms

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It can be a challenge getting my family to all sit together and eat at the same time for dinner. Now that fall is coming and our busy schedules will be put into place – even harder.

“It's too much work” has been an excuse for me many evenings during the week. Practices for activities are usually during our normal dinnertime.

Planning ahead is helpful to get this important plan to sit all together for dinner accomplished. However, I am not going to lie that this doesn’t happen most days.

All the work of turning my cluttered table used as a catchall for just about anything into a family dining experience is overwhelming and usually rushed. Carrying on this family tradition is extremely important to me though.

At the family table during dinner is where we do our reconnecting from our busy days. Highs and lows of the day are shared, as well as some yawns and bad table manners.

Manners aside, we find togetherness in praying together before each meal along with sharing thanks and appreciation for our meal that is provided. Then while shoveling our food down our mouths and fighting kiddos to eat their veggies, we will have random conversations that usually consist of our day.

We are finding it harder to get our growing kids to the table, away from media and home from activities. My husband runs his business out of home, which puts him working in our home office for sometimes hours after his long labored hours on the job.

I also will be back to full swing baking/decorating hours at home and both my husband and I will have to slow ourselves down to “clock out” of work to prepare the evening for family time.

Set up and clean up is turning into a family event to make things easier. I always do the cooking/meal planning, but my husband is a saint for doing the cleanup. He is so sweet to willingly be so helpful with that after each meal. The kids help
with the table set up and putting away of the dishes after they are cleaned. This would seem oh-so perfect if the “dinner plan” was put into play every evening.

These nights seem fewer and fewer, but as a mother and wife I will fight for our dinnertime together. I enjoy feeding my family healthy and sometimes not-so healthy meals.

I choose to enjoy these times all together at the table while we still have them. Even if its only a couple nights a week.

My hope and prayer is that my children will make it a priority to carry this tradition on with their children in the future. I know that the family table time is a piece of why we are a close family.

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The News-Review Updated Nov 18, 2013 07:23PM Published Oct 22, 2013 10:06AM Copyright 2013 The News-Review. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.