The goal of The Wise Family “Come to the Table” dinner challenge is simple…EAT. The hard part is adding TOGETHER to the plans! Having a meal as a family has become more challenging than ever before for families.
If your family is like ours, though, in 2020 we’ve actually made more food and washed more dishes during the pandemic than ever before! And the TOGETHER part is part of the problem.
By the end of the day on Zoom – working and learning and trying to focus – all we want to do is eat carbs and lay down on the floor.
…and NOT make dinner!
Never fear, however! The Wise Family has some things figured out – and we’re here to get you all to the table – EATING TOGETHER! We want to encourage your family to plan ONE family dinner together each week for the next 4 weeks – and you already have a freebee in there if you celebrate Thanksgiving.
Dinner looks different for every family. Maybe you have never really eaten together, or most dinners are spent in the car running from soccer practice to piano lessons. Or maybe you have dinner together every night and your conversations have gotten routine, like Charlie Brown’s teacher, “Whaw, Whaw, Whaw, Whaw”.
This might be the start of something new for you, so no matter what, we all begin at the beginning – one dinner and one conversation. You are all planning to eat anyway, right? Imagine the magic that could happen…
STEP 1: Take a look at your schedule this week. If it is mid-week or the weekend, take a look at the next 7 days and find one night that you know that everyone can be together for dinner and stay at the table for at least 30 minutes without having to run off to finish the science fair project. Mark that date on the calendar!
STEP 2: Pick something easy to prepare that everyone will eat. It might be a picnic dinner with take out Chinese or a candlelight supper of spaghetti and meatballs. It doesn’t matter. Just make it simple.
STEP 3: Plan some conversation starters (we’ll also share some later in the month). Open-ended questions (questions that require more than a “yes” “no” or “I don’t know”) are a good place to begin. “Tell me about something you learned today that we might not know.” “What would you do if you won a million dollars?” You get the idea.
STEP 4: Call everyone to the table! And give it a go!
Share your experiences with us, and in our Wise Family Dinner Challenge Facebook Group HERE.
You can even post a picture of your family eating together in the group!
We’ll be back next week with ideas for food and fun at the table! Meanwhile, Be Wise!
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