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June 7, 2017 by Marguerite Ashton
Finding a day and time to have everyone come together for a family meal and share what’s going on in each other’s lives has been a tradition in families for years. It has been in my husband’s and mine, and we wanted to make sure that we kept the generational get-togethers alive.
If we take a look at the broad scope of modern family life, things have changed in a lot of ways. Thinking back, the older generation enjoyed the simple way-of-life, use of expensive long distance and snail mail morphed into our upgraded existence and combined with technology. This allows us the convenience of being able to communicate with our long distance relatives with video in real time, more than just a voice over the phone.
Don’t get me wrong, I’m grateful for the extended reach provided via the internet. Although I must confess, it is easy to become dependent on the alternative as a way to get in touch with my loved ones. I had to keep in mind that my personal preference was to bond with my loved ones face-to-face.
Arranging family dinners can sometimes prove difficult. I’m not sure about you, but when it comes to scheduling dinners, mine is a task in itself. Everyone is busy with their day-to-day lives.
At times, when it comes to supper, we all end up eating separately. Except for holidays. Those days are sacred, and we push to make sure that everyone will be a part of the festivities. I’m even considering adding my wedding anniversary into the mix so that I can claim more family time. 🙂
My husband and I really want to have the extra family time together where we’re all eating at the dinner table every night. The staunch reality is that our kids are growing up. One is out of the house and married and our second oldest is in college and vying for her independence.
As the older kids continue to stretch their wings and leave the nest, (with a little help of course), we’ve had to adjust the dwindling headcount at the dinner table.
How hard is it to arrange family time in your household?