At a signing for our book, The Hour that Matters Most, one mom shared her transforming story about one simple dinnertime change that made all the difference with her daughter. Because her husband worked a late shift, she always fed her toddler dinner early while she bustled about in the kitchen. Later, when her husband arrived home, she would sit down to eat dinner with him.
This mom was so fun to meet as she excitedly told me about something she’d picked up from the book. She realized she was overlooking the connection opportunity with her daughter at mealtimes and implemented a new habit. Now, she always sits down at the table with a cup of tea and enjoys her daughter’s company. What a difference it’s made! They chat, face to face, which warms her heart and their relationship! This mom’s found a valuable opportunity to connect with her daughter while still saving time for dinner with her husband.
4 more tips for making sure to connect with our little ones at meals:
- Seize the opportunity to chat with children anytime they’re at the table (snacks too).
- Pull the high chair up close to the table so the youngest family member can be included.
- Anticipate what the children need and get them all set so you don’t have to keep getting up and down serving everyone and miss out on dinnertime interactions.
- When possible, limit eating in the car and in front of the TV, let them have you instead.
Loving our kids with quality time at the table,
Stephanie Allen is Co-founder and President of Dream Dinners and a New York Times best-selling co-author of The Hour that Matters Most. Naturally a visionary and optimist, Stephanie hopes to inspire America through her nurturing voice of encouragement, assuring families…
“You’re doing a great job!”