If I’m good at one thing, it’s family traditions.
I knew right when we had kids that I wanted to create memories, and I wanted those memories to be of things that we do as a family. Next thing I knew we had created traditions and the girls were just as into them as I was. Take family dinners for instance…
Food is serious business around here.
There isn’t a single one of us that doesn’t like to eat. I mean, we take it a step further than just liking to eat… we are foodies and a lot of our traditions are centered around food. It started when the girls were little and since neither of them were big eaters, Pete and I felt like we spent half of our lives sitting around the dining room table begging the girls to eat. Some nights that took 2+ hours. And really, that should have been a miserable time for all of us, but instead we felt like it was the only time we got to catch up with each other. Before we knew it we had created a new family tradition around the dinner table!
Eating, connecting with each other and just enjoying each other’s company at the same, dependable time each day.
Those early family dinners have evolved.
We still connect over food, and I still try to recreate those dinners of the past, but I’ve come to accept that with our busier lives we won’t always be able to sit at a table and eat each night. And that’s totally okay. Today’s dinners are pretty awesome too. Instead of begging my daughters to eat, I’m now busy begging them to share with me their lives. I want to hear all of the day’s highs and lows… and with the right food I normally can get it too. I’ve learned not to ask, “How was your day?” I now ask, “What made your day great?” Open-ended questions my friends, that is how you really get the answers you want.
I’ve learned that as long as the food is good… the rest is easy.
Laughing, jokes and real sharing start to flow in…
These nights make me realize how important our dinnertime traditions really are.
It’s not just one part of our dinners that I love, it’s everything combined. Even when they start to shift to the silly side.
I was so happy that we were all seated together around the table, but not 10 minutes later we seemed to shift to more comfortable accommodations. We all started together at the table and before any of us really realized it, Emmy had slowly moved to the family room and we all seemed to follow. It’s the less than ideal moments that should be celebrated too!
Who cares where we eat as long as we are together!
What I’ve learned is that our families might not always eat around a traditional dinner table, but with tips and inspiration from the Hidden Valley® Savor It All program, we can turn daily gatherings into shared opportunities for building memories in our fast-paced and sometimes messy lives.
What dinnertime traditions did your family create so you can savor that time together? Share on Facebook using #SavorItAll.
Heather Reese is a wife and mother, and the author of the blog It's a Lovely Life!®