My Life With Twins: Dinnertime Tips
There is no denying that dinner is the new breakfast when it comes to being the most important meal of the day. And with twins, dinnertime is even more important! So, here are some of my dinnertime tips for twins!
While a healthy breakfast is important to fuel our bodies for a long and active day, dinner is a time to relax, unwind, and reconnect with our families.
Why then is dinnertime often the most chaotic time of the day?
My friends, it is time to reclaim dinner!
I’m a mom to six kids. Six. Including a teenager, and toddler twins. Four of the six kids are boys. They are loud boys who enjoy talking about bodily functions and quoting cartoons. The two girls still eat with their fingers and need everything cut up. It would be easier to just skip dinner.
But I don’t.
Because dinner time is just too important.
It is important that my kids get nutritious, home cooked food. It is important that we are all in the same space, at the same time, looking at each other. It is important to have this time to compare schedules and make sure that we are all on the same page (or at least in the same chapter!).
My friend Esther (and especially her son, Ethan) knows that I have some rather specific rules about our family dinner. And my friend @MamaDweeb asked for some help at the dinner table. (@MamaDweeb. . .I’d rather you feed your kids processed food and have a sit down dinner than to not have dinner at all, so take heart!) So, here they are:
Dakotapam Fine Dining Guidelines.
- When I announce that Dinner is served, please immediately find your seat at the table (with clean hands and face and no hats, thank you very much).
- Please sit quietly until we say Grace, and then pause for a moment before beginning a conversation.
- Thank the cook.
- Do not complain about the food, comment that it looks yucky, or pout.
- Do take at least a “no thank you” bite of everything. This may be the week that broccoli tastes awesome!
- You may have seconds, but please eat what you take.
- Keep in mind that I am not a short order cook. However, I take everyone’s tastes into account. I try to serve someone’s favorite at every meal. I also watch for foods that do not go over well with anyone, I’ll probably not make it again. . .thus, no need to complain.
- One person talks at a time. Some days I have a conversation starter, most days there is no need.
- We all wait until everyone is done eating. No one wants to have to sit all alone at a table.
- Before we clear the table, we run through our family schedule for the evening and the next day.
- Everyone busses their own dish to the sink. Even the toddlers can help!
- We turn off the TV and radio and cell phones and iPods during dinner. We all need a daily half hour media break!
Chime In! Do you have successful dinnertime tips to share? What is your biggest challenge? You know I’d love to hear from you!
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