We’ve spent the last week and a half enjoying our meals as a family a bit more. We have a routine already set, and it’s only taken a week and a half to make it a habit. Can you guess why? Because it’s FUN, it’s a joy and something we look forward to. Try making a habit of eating ice cream every day, and it would also be enjoyable (at least for a little while).
I came to realize that I hadn’t spent much quality time with my kids when we were together.
For starters, we don’t have time in the morning when getting ready for school or work. Then they’re at school all day till 4PM and then there’s homework, snack, outside time, dinner, getting ready for bed, story time and that’s it. Evening story time was valuable. But in that one hour I need to show my kids how much I loved them, play a little, talk with them about their day, about things that are important to us as a family, read a devotional or character building story with them. Besides that, I need to let them be kids, enjoy them, hug them, squeeze and cuddle them, sing with them, teach them something, do activities with them ….and on and on the list goes. Now how in the world was I going to do all that in just one hour each day, and come to think of it, it’s at night, when we’re all tired, sometimes even half asleep?
So, I came up with the idea to use our mealtimes to play some question games, such as; talk-about-a-given-subject-for-one-minute, spelling games, Bible games, guessing games, fun games, silly games, all types of talking games.
Our meals often tended to be more on the silent side, other times mom and dad would talk about what moms and dads talk about, while the kids kicked their legs under the table, teased each other, tried antics to get attention.
But now it’s been great and to see how much the kids enjoy it. They feel special and included. Even though we’re often a little tired at the end of a busy day, we still get to enjoy time together every day, since we eat every day.
A toast (with a glass of juice), for enjoyable family times around the table.