We never have time to sit and eat as a family.  Always trying to get things done.  Well today, I really tried for a family dinner.  I spent the whole day cooking.  I made chicken in a cast iron frying skillet that was my grant grandmothers.  I seasoned it and baked on the grill, til it fell off the bone.  I made mash potatoes, broccoli rice, homemade noodles and gravy, and a few other things.  I worked so hard and do you think anyone ate no.  My 2 year old she is picky,  my 4 year old wanted a corn dog and well for my husband by the time he finished what he was doing the food was cold.  I'm not sure if times have changed, but for me growing up as a kid, we always had home cook meals and we also ate together.  (mom, dad, my 2 brothers and I).  Am I old fashion?  I don't know.  Am I asking to much?  I'm not sure.  I grew up where my mom didn't have to work and well I work from home to be with my kids.  I always thought my parents instill great values into us as children and that is what I want for my family.  Am I old fashion being in my 40's with  little ones. Does no one sit and have family dinner anymore?  Not sure?  I just feel very disappointed not in my kids( because they are little)  but more in my husband. 

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Sep. 13, 2009 at 8:40 PM

No, you aren't being unrealistic.  I grew up eating family meals almost every night.  I have a 6 year old and an 8 year old, and while we don't sit down as a family every night (due to soccer and dance) , we do probably 5 out of 7 nights.  Its not always fancy and its not always on time, but I think its important to reconnect and talk.  Can you have a heart to heart with your DH?  Make sure he understands how important it is to you.  Also, its a parenting choice, but my kids eat what is served...they don't have to eat everything that is offered, but they know that I make only one meal.  Good luck, and good for you for wanting to have that time with your family :)

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Sep. 13, 2009 at 9:44 PM

try again. it doesn't have to be anything fancy. we have dinner at the table almost every night for dinner. sometimes its something simple like hamburgers and hotdogs or something fancier. the thing is right now it is new to your family it will take awhile to get used to the idea. We also go around the table and say what our best part of the day and what our worst part of the day was. We try to have polite conversation but with 3 boys that isn't always possible. I also have a very picky eater so thats sometimes a struggle but keep trying!! Its worth it to have your whole family at the table and if its something you want to do then keep trying! Everyone will get the hang of it!

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Sep. 13, 2009 at 10:49 PM

YES, I agree.

Even if it can not be every night, but just on SUNDAY...

This is family time.


This is  the one day we are together, you will eat what is served ( you are not a waitress anyway)

Fix at at-least 2 things you know your children will eat and DO NOT GIVE IN !!!!!

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Sep. 22, 2009 at 10:49 AM

aww..shels itll work out..try it again.. we eat every night at the table and my girls love it even though my oldest only looks at the food and says shes done.. i know that she wont eat but i cook anyways..

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