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Mealtimes: Everyday Celebrations

March 29, 2011

Our evening meal is an important time for our family.  It’s the time of day when we all come together to share some nourishing food and decompress a bit.  It’s so important to us not to take this time for granted.  That’s why each evening meal, be it Tuesday tacos or a big Sunday dinner, is treated with a sort of reverence in our home.

Each day when everything begins to come to a close, we create our evening meal, together.  Even the smallest of family members can help with preparing the meal and setting the scene.  Most children will likely delight in being given an opportunity to contribute.  Although he is not yet two, O helps set the napkins out on the table before our meal and helps carry items back to the kitchen after the meal has ended.  During preparation of the meal itself, he dons his apron and pours pre-measured ingredients into their designated bowls.  He loves being given these small responsibilities.

Treating our evening mealtime with the regard it truly does deserve has a wonderful affect on our daily life as a family.  It’s something we all look forward to each day, something we rely on.  Regardless of how our rhythm might go awry up to that point, we all know that each evening we will be together eating, connecting, nourishing

What is the evening meal like in your home?
What sort of things do you do to help everyone feel included?

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. March 29, 2011 3:12 pm

    First, that breads looks amazing! Second, I agree — it’s part of our rhythm, too. It’s challenging for me to let the little ones help actually MAKING the meal, but I’m getting better at that — figuring out how to do it, etc. And letting go of some control! But it’s an important touchstone for our family, and I hope it is for years to come. Thanks for sharing.

    • March 29, 2011 9:52 pm

      Thanks! That’s B’s soda bread from this past St. Patrick’s Day. :)
      I agree, a lot of doing things together successfully with children comes from adults learning to relinquish a little bit of control. So what if some (or a whole lot of) flour ends up on the floor? Then we’ll sweep it up together, ya know? We’ve also learned very quickly that for the little ones, the process is just as important as the result! ;)

  2. Amanda permalink
    March 29, 2011 8:01 pm

    What a wonderful post Carrie!

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