We are trying to have more family dinners, trying to carve out just an hour each day for the family to gather, and eat, and laugh, and talk.
It sounds elementary, but we’ve gotten lazy and fallen into a bad habit of having ‘free’ dinners. We blame it on sports, or work, or other silly excuses, but mostly everyone is just plain exhausted by 6 o’clock and they just want a little R&R.
Too bad. Family dinners are mandatory. Some people are happy about this, others are disgruntled. Too bad.
They are important. I didn’t realize how important they were until we got lazy. They teach us manners, respect and tolerance. They allow us to build relationships and express our feelings.
And when the players get cranky and start to argue, we have a jar of conversation starters that a very special friend made for us.
There is always something talk about, as long as we make the time.