TTMT #15 Eating Together at Meal Time

by Healthy Diva on March 25, 2014

The topic I chose today for TTMT is one Mike and I discussed last week, and I was eager to talk about today with all of you.

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Do you sit down as a family at the table for dinner? Or breakfast?

This is something that has been VERY hard for us over here, especially since Rocco was born.

Mike has a super busy job, which leads to later nights and him not being able to sit with us for dinner. Rocco when he was first born, that was hard for us to all sit and eat a meal together.

THe BIG factor though is Mike working late, and Anthony and I having to eat dinner at our normal time. So that means, no Mike at the table with us.

I also have to say, we have been bad at really trying to all sit together on the occasion it could happen. So we have failed at that, but I am glad we can see that.

Mike and I thought since dinner can be crazy to all sit down together, that we should start doing a Sunday breakfast tradition. On Sunday Mike is always home, and we all are up at a decent time to eat breakfast together. We know how important traditions like this are to family, and it will be good for the boys! Anthony, Mike, and I always used to sit for dinner when we could.  I feel bad the last few months have been hard to do that, but now with the Sunday breakfast tradition we can all have that to look forward to!

Of course, I really want us all to sit together for dinner too, that is going to be a goal of ours too when it can happen.

I look forward to this Sunday tradition, and know memories are all we have in life. As well as family is all we have.

Tell me….

Do you find it hard for you and your family to sit together for a meal?

Anyone have a meal tradition they do, like our Sunday breakfast idea?

As always, appreciate the feedback! <3

Katie xo

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1 Emelia March 25, 2014 at 3:50 pm

I struggle with this in our house also! I want a family meal together every night so bad but it just isn’t realistic. My boyfriend often works late due to his job also & his son usually gets hungry before I do. I usually sit with Ethan who’s ten while he eats and talk about his day and other things. I usually then eat alone and end up warming dinner up for Chuck when he gets home. It honestly makes me sad that we don’t eat together every night-but that’s life I guess! The job pays the bills and puts that dinner on the table haha! I love the Sunday breakfast idea-maybe I will steal that idea ;) love your posts and optimism always. Xoxo!

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2 Denisse March 25, 2014 at 3:51 pm

I have grown up where we always sit together for dinner, like it is odd when we don’t. I never truly appreciated that because I thought it was normal, but now that I see my friends and even cousins who didn’t grow up with that, I feel really blessed and fortunate to have grown up in a household where everyone sat for dinner together and also breakfasts during the weekends and saturday and sunday dinners out at restaurants.

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3 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 7:06 am

We did the same growing up too, always sat as a family for meals. I hope to do this more when we can!

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4 Kim March 25, 2014 at 4:09 pm

My husband and I usually eat dinner together every night except Mondays (he has basketball and I have a class). We both work fairly late so it works. We also both grew up with families eating together every night….pretty rare I know. Sunday breakfast is a great idea! It’s just nice to have a recap of what’s going on in everyone’s life away from the TV.

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5 Katie @ Talk Less, Say More March 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

I think it’s so great that you guys are starting the Sunday breakfast tradition! We used to always do dinners together as a family (obviously there were the times when it wasn’t possible) but even when I moved back home for a bit, we still did dinner together when we could. It’s just a great time to spend as a family that we otherwise may not get.

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6 Adrienne March 25, 2014 at 4:32 pm

With three kids it is hard. We make it a point for one u
Of us to be at the table with whoever is eating. No dinners in front of the tv for us. Also- Sundays are definate sit down dinner days together. Kids know they need to be home. I don’t mind if friends are here, but all kids home by 4pm.

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7 cravesadventure March 25, 2014 at 6:31 pm

Mr. Craves and I make sure to eat Sunday dinner at the table and we both pitch in when it comes to preparing and cooking the meal too. I remember growing up and sitting down every evening for dinner as a family and during the weekends the big meal of the day was lunch when working on the farm. I make sure when family is in town to at least have dinner and maybe breakfast at the table and just spend quality time together to catch up, laugh and have fun together. Great Topic!

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8 Ashley @ My Food N Fitness Diaries March 25, 2014 at 6:37 pm

Sitting down for dinner together is a HUGE priority to Cody and me. The last several months, Cody’s schedule has meant that he doesn’t get home until 7 PM which means dinner isn’t usually on the table until about 7:30. This is late for us, but since eating together is a priority, we just eat later than we used to. It was always a priority growing up in my family to eat dinner together as a family, and it’s something I want to continue with my own little family. It’s that one (short) time of day that we can all be together with no big distractions and fill one another in on what’s going on. Obviously this can’t work with everyone’s schedules all the time, so I like your Sunday dinner idea. I think making the effort to do SOMETHING is better than nothing. Great topic!

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9 sarahf March 25, 2014 at 7:20 pm

When I was a kid, we always had dinner at the table as a family, because Mum had dinner ready when Dad came home at 7pm. It worked with the schedule.You have to work with what you’ve got, breakfast sounds like a great plan, you know it will work for you and it will be extra special time because you’ve made a point of doing it.

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10 lindsay March 25, 2014 at 7:32 pm

i love this! we often have crazy schedules so we try to go for a walk instead or eat sunday breakfast, etc. something is better than nothing

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11 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 7:02 am

Do what works for you! Yes ;)

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12 christina March 25, 2014 at 7:48 pm

I think that is such a great idea. My family life was a mess growing up, but one thing I still take away as positive (bc how else can we reflect?!) is that we all sat down for dinner. It was the one time we got to just chat, relax, enjoy our food, and be together. One thing we did, which I totally think you guys should do to, is go around the table and share our highs and our low of the day. We’d talk about the low, encourage each other on how we could turn it into a positive, and then share our high of the day, which we’d either congratulate or be grateful for. Reallllly miss doing that with my brothers and definitely want to start that tradition with my family. xo

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13 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 7:01 am

My family was a hot mess too, and we always sat down for family dinner, and Sunday was a big family dinner day. The breakfast tradition will be great, and I hope we do more dinner together too when we can!

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14 Carla March 25, 2014 at 8:36 pm

We sat down to dinner at the table together until the youngest got into high school. With him being the last one home regularly and being heavily involved with high school it was just too hard. And he actually complains that we don’t eat at the table together so I’m trying to get better at it again. Once a month we have dinner at my house with both our moms and my daughter and her kids. It’s fun and makes sure that we all get to see each other regularly as a group. Breakfast is a great idea too!

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15 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 7:00 am

I like that you get together with family at your house monthly! I should do that too!

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16 Lindsay March 25, 2014 at 9:22 pm

My husband doesn’t get home until 10 or 11 at night and my twins are hungry for dinner at 5:30. Since I’m not hungry at 5:30 and I can’t wait until after 10 to eat, I end up eating alone after the kids go to bed at 7:30. As my kids get older and I can push both their dinner and bedtime later, the 3 of us will definitely eat together because it is important to me. We all eat breakfasts and 1 dinner together as a family on weekends and that will have to do for now.

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17 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 6:59 am

Wow, he does work late! I am glad you do find times you all can sit together as a family though :)

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18 Katie March 25, 2014 at 10:01 pm

Having a little one def. makes it harder for meal time because you always have to be entertaining or feeding them :) Typically we always eat as a family on Friday night & Sunday night. Plus whatever nights we can during the week. I usually eat breakfast at the crack of dawn because that’s my “quiet time” before the day starts, but I love it.

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19 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 6:58 am

Nice to be able to fit it in when it does work for you. A little one does make it harder for sure :)

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20 Jenn @ Mark My Miles! March 26, 2014 at 5:47 am

Sitting down to dinner is a big deal to me, since we did it growing up. My husband doesn’t come home from work till later, so I feed and bathe the little one and then we play some before my husband gets home. While he puts the baby to sleep, I prepare our plates and we eat dinner after the baby is down. It is late but something I like to do to end the day. And we always have a yummy dessert while we catch up on Netflix : )

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21 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 6:56 am

So sweet! I love that you guys find the time! I wish I could wait to eat dinner every night, but I am too hungry! <3

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22 Rhiannon @ Bound to be a Buckeye March 26, 2014 at 7:20 am

Right now it’s just my husband and I, but we do sit down to eat together. I get up and make him breakfast every morning so we’re guaranteed that meal because he works pretty long hours. Normally we do get to eat dinner together, it may be 7:00 or later. And if it’s really late, I’ll eat earlier but still sit at the table with him when he gets home. I think it’s important to me because growing up, I only got to do that at my grandma’s house. My mom just parked us in front of the tv with tv trays.

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23 Stacey March 26, 2014 at 8:59 am

I totally understand this! While I do not have any kids (yet), my husband is also an attorney. He works very long hours and is rarely home for dinner. Even just as a married couple I think it is so important to eat together. We’ve also decided to do brunch together either on Saturday or Sunday, and always eat together Friday night. I think we all just have to find what works for our families. But together time is just so important. Love your blog and your wonderful optimism!

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24 Healthy Diva March 26, 2014 at 9:01 am

Yes! My husband is an attorney too, so I totally get it! I am glad you guys find ways to sit down together for meals! Oh, thanks so much! Thank YOU for reading! <3

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25 Danielle J. March 26, 2014 at 11:50 am

Sitting down for meals together is really important to me. I grew up in a violent and broken home where we rarely sat down to eat together, and when we did, it was nothing but negative energy and usually ended in someone getting yelled at and sent to their room. My husband’s work hours are insane, during baseball season he is rarely home for dinner. It’s usually just Hannah and I, and ever since she could start eating big girl meals, we have sat at the table for nearly every meal together. We also pray before every dinner, but try to pray before every meal (breakfast and lunch included). My husband or I trade off cooking dinners when he is home, he’s an amazing cook. We also try to share time together during meal preps. Even Hannah joins us, adding a little chaos of course lol, but all meal times are usually spent at the table with at least 2 of the 3 of us. And if Hannah happens to be spending the day with my in-laws and Willie is home, he and I make it a point to eat and pray together. Prayer is extremely important at our house, especially at meal time. Great post Katie, love ya! :)

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26 Jenna March 26, 2014 at 6:05 pm

Growing up we always had dinner as a family at the table. When my husband and I started dating and later got married we made it a point to always eat dinner together. Most times it is at the table, tv off. Occasionally we like to eat picnic style and watch a movie. It is definitely something I plan to do with my kids as well; although, I MUST be realistic and know that it will not always happen that way.

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