Family Day

Today just happens to be Family Day, don’t ya know?

My son saw it advertised on the grocery store ad and inquired what it was. Basically, it’s “a day to eat dinner with your children.” The movement is based on research that suggests that the family who eats together does better in everything else- family dynamics, schoolwork, healthy habits, and particularly, low substance abuse.

Of course, when I explained the eating dinner together part to my son, age 11, he shrugged his shoulders and said, “We do that every night.”

It’s true. We do dine together almost every evening. Some nights are less chaotic than others. Some nights FishPapa and I are more intentional in our conversation with the children.

Some nights are just plain survival.

So, even though, by the letter of the law, we do eat dinner together on a regular basis, an event like this is a great reminder to stop and smell the roses, to be purposeful in talking with my kids, to make this night a little more special.

(In light of moving this week, I will not be pulling out all the stops as I did on a recent Valentine’s Day, as pictured above. But, quality time doesn’t have to be “fancy,” does it? Instead, we’re going to picnic on the floor somewhere, eat off paper plates and devour whatevers left in the frig. This also includes the remnants of four containers of ice cream. So, hey, not too bad, after all!)

Whaddya think? Are you up for the challenge?

For more information, check out

* Miriam Weinstein’s book, The Surprising Power of Family Meals: How Eating Together Makes Us Smarter, Stronger, Happier, Healthier

* This post by A Busy Mom of Two for more ideas on how to spend some quality time with the fam for Family Day.

* This Family Day Dinner Kit complete with activities, recipes, and conversation starters.

* I’m an Organizing Junkie for Meal Planning inspiration.

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  1. Like your family we eat together every night but it is nice to be reminded to make it special once in a while! We had a fun Family Day at the fair Saturday. My favorite Family Days are cool autumn Saturdays when we have a “jammie” day and watch movies, play games, have pizza, etc.

    I hope that you enjoyed your picnic! I love indoor picnics!


  2. Briana Almengor says:

    I was just thinking that I’d like to do something special to recognize the first day of fall or the end of summer, which in my house will likely involve a “treat” of some kind: either icecream to say so long to summer or apple pie to say hello to fall. Either way, I’m thinking my kids will love it. 🙂

  3. I don’t do quite as good as you. We eat together at least 4 times a week at the table. Sometimes we are so tired we just want to sit in our recliners and eat.

  4. Mommy, love the jammie day idea. Briana, excellent ideas!
    Nancy, wish I had a recliner….

  5. JessieLeigh says:

    I have to admit, I’m a little tickled to think of “eating together as a family” as being a novelty! That’s a bit of a sad commentary, in my opinion.

    But I love your idea of “taking it up a notch” and making it special somehow. That’s a wonderful way to make memories for our children.

  6. Love your son’s comment “we do that every night”… Thinking back on my growing up years, dinner time with the whole family really was the highlight of each day- glad they have proof it’s important now. 😉

  7. great challenge. I am a big believer in dinner together. We have always done it. (It is hard when they are older and in sports but if you set your mind to it you can have most together.) My hubby and i still sit at the table with the TV off and eat every night :0) My Prayers go with you as you move.

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