I can't figure out when to eat family dinner. The elementary bus drops off at 4pm. Depending on the day, we have music at 4:30, swimming lessons at 6 or art class at 7. My husband works home but doesn't finish until around 5 or 5:30. I like to put the kids to bed at 8. This new weird schedule has me wondering if family dinner is worth the effort.
Of course I know it is, so, I'm considering moving family dinner to 4:00 pm. We can find 15 minutes to be together at 4. It sounds weird and it feels weird, but think it might actually work.
Research shows that families who sit down and eat breakfast together reap all the same benefits of families who eat dinner together later in the day. Maybe breakfast is the only meal that works for your family. All that matters is the you prepare a meal, turn off all your screens, and sit down to eat food and talk together.
Wish me luck with my geriatric dinner time trial. I'm always adjust our dinner time depending on what we have going on. Things are so much harder than they used to be when my oldest was a baby (photo above is me and my oldest child). What time does your family eat together? Send me an email to let me know! nicolebuhlerRD@gmail.com