We eat tacos at least once a week. I’m not sure if it’s the simplicity of the meal or the absolute yumminess of cheese and sour cream meets warm tortilla. At our house, it’s a gimme, that tacos are on the menu at some point.
Something else you can count on at our house is; we eat supper together as a family. It doesn’t matter if it’s a weekend, work night or school night, we dine as a family no matter what time we have to do it.
Luckily, our schedule is slightly flexible and so we are fortunate to be able to eat early or late. Most of the time early works best for us. By the time the news and weather come on, we’re finishing up.
All of this doesn’t happen because the stars and moon have aligned just right. I am the one that puts forth the effort to make it happen. I volunteer as crew chief!
A long time ago, I decided that my family needed to take a pit stop and just hang out. During supper time is one way we bond. We take the time or we make the time to chat with one another.
So, over our tacos, we are playing catch up with each other. This is when we connect as a family and find out about each other’s day. It is when nothing else comes first.
People almost forget they should have relationships with their families in person.
Often, text messages unfortunately replace real conversations. It’s easy and convenient. I have found myself not even wanting to call someone for fear of being rude and interrupting their day.
With all the blended families today and everyone participating in afternoon activities, there still needs to be a pit stop for family bonding. Every night might be asking too much if there’s a working schedule that doesn’t jive or sports practice.
Figure out at least one day a week that everyone is home the same time. If it’s at 7:00 am then plan for a huge pancake breakfast and get everyone involved in the preparation and well as conversation. 9:00 pm family get togethers would be a great excuse to start a popcorn party traditions.
Building stronger family ties with one another means a healthier family unit. You get attention from your loved ones and they get to hear about what mom is up to.
Let them know mom is more than a cook and driver.
Let your children speak freely. No subject should be taboo. This way you gain insight to what’s going on in their little heads. Your hubby can give details of his day so everyone knows how dad handles the responsibility of being an adult and being the dad.
To sum this up; we’ve got to stop being too busy to take a pit stop. Your kids and husband don’t want to only see you whirling around the house cleaning all the time. (they should be helping)
Have everyone sit down, including you and have a conversation.
Let the family vote about what to do during your pit stop. It could be a pancake breakfast, a budget meeting or a popcorn party.
If you come to our house, you’ll find us bonding over tacos! Ole’
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