Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen report and after report and family expert after family expert talk about the importance of family meals. They aren't wrong, I think, but with busy schedules, it can be hard to sit down to family meals every night of the week. If you have trouble making time during the week for family meals, why not make Sunday your special meal day. It doesn't have to be dressy or as early as the ones I had with my grandmother growing up, but it does have to be a commitment to eating a nice meal together. A nice family meal on Sunday is a great way to start the week.
You can make a Sunday meal special without getting extravagant. Our Sunday meals very much follow the local sale circular in terms of main ingredients - roast chicken is a common theme - but we make sure we have a couple side dishes and salad and dessert. It's truly a complete meal. Sometimes we light candles, and we always make sure we get out the cloth napkins. It's those simple efforts that let the kids know this is something more than the everyday.We talk about our weekend and plans for the week. Over time, the kids have come to understand that this is a bit of time for regrouping and reconnecting. If the weeks and/or weekends are crazy, our nice Sunday evening meal is something quiet and consistent to look forward to.
Our Sunday meal is absolutely mandatory. Because this a reconnecting and regrouping time, the kids know that play dates or other activities are expected to conclude by about 5:00. Those are nights that, should they forget and ask to have dinner at a friend's house, the answer is no. Likewise, it's a night we don't ask friends to stay for dinner. This is our special family time, and we all make a commitment to it.NO matter what your family schedule during the week, make one meal a week a special family meal. This Sunday is a great time to start.
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