April 15, 2009

Family Dinner


Do you and your family have dinner together? How often?

We eat dinner together most days, I'd say 5 or 6 days a week. We eat dinner around 5. Breakfast, maybe once a week we'll sit down and have a real breakfast, like eggs or pancakes. Most days I cook real food, some times we just have tuna salad sandwiches or anything quick. Whatever we're eating, I love dinner time because the kids talk about their day and we joke around. I know it's such a cliche but it's true. If we didn't eat all together we'd probably end up eating less nutritional food more often too. I try to make foods that they will like but I am not one of those short order cooks who makes something to suit each picky eater's whim.

Growing up we always had dinner as a family, even when my dad came home at 9 pm. Looking back, I'm glad we did. I don't remember any specific conversations or anything but I'm glad we all gathered at the end of the day and shared a meal.

13 comments:

  1. I really like this post, It is not cliche to value family meals. From an educational standpoint, it has been proven that children who grow up with family mealtimes have better social skills and do better in school. I actually have a handout for parents about that... THanks wish more people did that.

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  2. We do most times, too. Breakfast together though-just on weekends. You're right. It is a bonding time for families. This is a lost practice today, unfortunately. In most families, it's frozen TV dinners in front of the tube, at least where I live, anyway.

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  3. mashaAllah i'm happy to hear your family has family dinners... i really feel they're important. my son is 17 months now but i hope by the time he's 3ish my husband's shift will change and he'll stop coming home at midnight so we can have afternoons and nights together. otherwise, we all still have breakfast and lunch together anyway!

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  4. we have a table but we are couch people.

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  5. All the time. :) Mum gets irritated when we don't congregate together.

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  6. Eman, that's interesting, wow.

    UmmOmar, Yea I mean we can watch anytime but I like the TV off for dinner.

    Lazeena, InshaAllah!

    Ange, We used to do that a lot before kids too.

    Hajar, lol, she knows what she's doing!

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  7. I so agree with you on this and I plan to implement family dinner time when I have a husband and children. I grew up up that way and my moms swears by Allah ( not literally,lol) that this is why we all remained such a close family unit. I have to agree, dinner time was when everyone would talk about their day and it was just always something to look forward too. Thats wonderful that you and your family eat together and believe me your children will remember and cherish it, because I do very much.

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  8. We always sit down to eat at home, hopefully we would always do it. I think is a sacred time for the family

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  9. awww those ppl in the pic look so much like your lovely family.

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  10. MashaAllah it seems like most people eat together most of the time.

    Naseem, aw, dontchya know, that's us!

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  11. We have dinner together 5 or 6 nights a week. It's wonderful. I think we're also on the same breakfast schedule as you. I love weekends because it means family lunches as well. Such a nice time.

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  12. My parents and I didn't eat so much together when I was in high school and in all the plays but we tried to at least a few times a week. I think it's a big deal to do that.

    Unless he has to dine out with colleagues for work purposes P. and I eat together every night, even if we have to wait for one of us to get home.

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  13. Shawna, yea I look forward to breakfasts together cause they are rare and the cooking is minimal lol.

    Dayna yea I agree, its a big deal.

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