One of my biggest concerns with starting this blog was/is that while I may have a lot to say about family dinners, I am definitely not an expert on successful family dinners. In fact, I may struggle more than your average person! I’m interested in family dinners though – how people do it, what works, […]Read more "Family Dinner Fail – Easter Edition"
We just got back from Spring Break – a week at the beach with 2 other families (total of 6 adults and 7 kids in one house). It’s interesting to travel with other families – everybody sort of adapts their parenting styles to fit one another. Nobody wants to be the parent saying “no” to […]Read more "Wicked Witch of the Snacks"
I know they say the only things you can be certain of are death and taxes, but in my house, I’d add to that list, the daily question, “What’s for dinner?” When I pick up my two year old from school, I’m lucky to get a hug and a “hello” before he states this daily […]Read more "What’s for Dinner?"
Cooking dinner is fun! And family meals are important – everyone says so. You want Junior to get into Harvard don’t you? And unless you want little Doodle Bug to get knocked up by the time she’s 14, you better start cooking meals and eating them together. And c’mon, it’s not that hard. Just follow […]Read more "14 Easy Steps to an Awesome Family Meal"
I feel about meal planning the same way I feel about dressing myself. I know there are a thousand things in my closet, but I still feel like I don’t have anything to wear. And the things I do wear I wear over and over and over. Same thing with meal planning. I have a […]Read more "How Meal Planning Is Like Getting Dressed"
So what are we doing here, Robyn? Are you just going to tell us funny stories about your family, or are you going to offer some actual advice on how to make family dinners more tolerable? Easy there, tiger. We’re getting there, but the short answer is yes. And yes. I love to tell stories, so […]Read more "Family Dinner Rules"
This past week we had tacos. And it was on a Tuesday. I’d like to pretend Taco Tuesday is a thing in our house, but I’m not that organized. What actually happened was, I was planning to try that Mexican quinoa recipe I’ve seen in my Facebook feed 15 times (from Tip Hero) but when […]Read more "Taco Tuesdays"
When the girls came home from school last year with laminated “My Daddy is…” artwork, I thought it was hysterical that “Doing the dishes” was listed next to “Daddy’s Job is…” I was only slightly embarrassed that neither of them thought to say the name of Roger’s company (which they both know well). I mostly just thought […]Read more "Daddies Do the Dishes"
I was at a play date about a year ago, when another mom asked me this question. I was a little surprised by it – not by the question itself, but by the implications of who was asking it. Because this woman sitting in front of me – with her 3 school-age kids, high-powered full-time […]Read more "How Do You Do Dinner?"
10 minutes. That’s approximately the amount of time required to consume a meal. I think if you chew the appropriate number of times, it’s a little more than that – 15 minutes, maybe? But either way. It’s a blip. And yet…those 10 minutes can cause So. Much. Angst. For some, it’s everything that leads up […]Read more "Family Dinner — Help!"