My Mealtime Solutions for a busy family…in the Motherlode!

My Mealtime Solutions for a busy family…in the Motherlode! August 7, 2012

I am so excited to join the parenting conversation at The New York Times Motherlode blog. Do you make time for family dinner? Read what we do, and share your thoughts in the comments:


I am editing to add a link to a great website that I came across through the comments on that post, The Family Dinner Project.  Check it out!  I like the games and activities suggestions, we like to play games when we are waiting for a (rare) restaurant meal.

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  • This is such a great article, MA, good job!
    Do you have a set time and wake your children up to make sure that everyone is present at breakfast, or are you more relaxed about having everyone at the table at the same time? I love the fact that you have been flexible and adapted your family’s routine to achieve your desired result – at least one family meal per day.

  • Bethany “B-mama”

    MA, I really enjoyed reading this and applaud you and Mr. MA for creatively working around your situation. I think more families could implement more family time if they more creatively problem-solved. The bottom line is that you are spending quality time together and showing your children this is something you value as a family. They will so greatly benefit from such a gift!

  • Kathleen

    After a recent career change, we went from breakfast, sometimes lunch, and many dinners together. I am struggling with barely having more than two or three real family dinners a week, because the weekends tend to include guests and extended families or a date night. This never used to be a problem, but it truly is difficult. Appreciate the breakfast idea, although between early am work outs and mass and some seriously late sleepers, this seems hard. What we do try and do is give the kids a dessert, while Mom and Dad eat, because sometimes its hard to ask young kids to wait until 7pm for dinner. This brings us together even though it is not “technically” dinner. I also like that you challenge yourself to cook for real even if your spouse isn’t there. So tempting to serve chicken nuggets or cereal when no one is watching!