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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. How have you made family mealtimes a top priority in your marriage? Share Your Tips

The Peak and The Pit

When Keeping up with the Kardashians started their now long-running show back in '07 Kim, Kourtney and Khloe would reminisce about their late father, Robert Kardashian, who died of Esophageal cancer in 2005. At that time, Kris and Bruce Jenner were already married. Back in the day when the Kardashians we all together, Kim explained how they would go around the table at dinner and briefly sum up their day with the highs and the lows, or better known to them as, The Peak and the Pit. I thought that was such a great idea! A great way to get kids and adults to talk to each other. To talk and listen to others. Well, face it, everybody does have a peak and a pit in their day. I guess it would sound like this: "The high of the day was my boss gave me a raise. The pit was when he took it away!" Just an example... So, we tried it here at home, except we don't call it the pit and the peak. It's just the high and low to us.
—SuzyScorp

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.
—Marnia88

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.
—Marjorie

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