Last August, my mother and I finally opened a hub for our growing business. We opted for office space near the boys’ school so they may go to the hub after dismissal. That way, too, we can still eat and go home together. That despite the never-ending list of office and home chores, this mother still hopes to gather her boys in one table over some food and drinks.
I know that with all the chaotic schedules, it’s tempting to drop family mealtime. We all could opt to grab a quick bite between commitments and tasks or even scarf down food while working on the computer or watching a television program. There is also the option for drive-thru and eat on our way home.
However, we always believe that family mealtime is that moment to keep in touch with loved ones. More than encouraging even the little ones to eat and not skip a meal, eating together creates memories.
I remember it was during our many lunches and dinners that I was able to gather the many funny stories of the boys. We would joke around and talk about school, life even, and any upcoming events. I collated all those stories and posted in my blog. Those stories I was able to gather were actually the original content of my blog and the reason I started my online journal.
Aside from the memories, sharing the dining table with the family connects each member. It is during our weekend lunch that I get to see my second son mingling with his brothers. Often when not in school, our second boy would either be busy in front of the desktop playing online games or with his guitar. But as we sit down for lunch or dinner, I get to see him laugh, feed his toddler brother, and joke around.
I also find sharing the table with the boys as an opportunity to keep in tune with their teenage social life and even troubles. I always believe in the study that family mealtime improves the youngsters’ self-confidence, social skills, and behaviour.
Thus, when I saw the latest video of celebrity vlogger Chuckie Dreyfus and his daughter Ella about mealtime confessions, I was truly inspired. All the more that I like sit-down meals with my five boys and husband.
I like how this father and daughter tandem could be so spontaneous, laugh at their answers, and at the same time know more about each other. Honestly, I don’t even know the boys’ essential favourites. And that video gave me an idea of how our children and their parents could make their usual lunch a bit exciting. Yes, I am thinking of injecting some fun games and challenges as we savour our food. That way, we all get to know more about each other in a fun and crazy style.
As we may get overwhelmed with our activities and responsibilities, there are temptations to drop family mealtime. But that simple Mealtime Confessions video challenged me to try my best to gather my family at the dining table. A simple meal with some jokes and anecdotes every mealtime will always be a substantial investment for stronger connections away from the table.
P.S. Want to see the whole video of Chuckie Dreyfus’ Mealtime Confessions? Click here.