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Readers Respond: How Do You Keep Family Mealtimes a Priority?

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With the crowded schedule and rushed lives that many couples experience, family mealtimes may end up low on their priority list. Readers share how they have made family mealtimes a top priority in their marriage.

Mealtime was a Priority for my Family

While growing up, my family lived in a Duplex w/my sister & her family living downstairs; my parents & I lived upstairs. I was a "change of life" baby so they decided to raise us all together including eating dinner together 5 nights a week. After marriage, I carried this through w/my own new family. It didn't matter if my daughter got home at 7:30pm from sports, we would sit down together for that all important 1/2 hr. Dishes were done later, but the memories will go on forever; I hope my daughter does the same when she becomes a mom
—Guest Goldy55

We Don't Speak While We Eat

I think it is important to eat together. But honestly, while I'm eating, I don't like to talk. I'm focused on my meal. And with my husband it is the same. But we are talking while we are cooking. We always rotate, on one day he cooks, on the next day I cook. And the one who is not on turn of cooking will stay and then we talk about the circumstances of the day. I really like that and I think he does like it too. We don't yet have children, but I also think, it is very important to eat with the children together. They can talk about their day and they have a constant time, to do that. So they will learn punctuality and they will realize that we are always be there for them and listen to their problems.

Just the Two of Us

It is now just the two of us, so in order to keep our mealtimes a priority time and not just always time in front of the television, we plan on eating out at least once a week and we cook together at least once a week.

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