The importance of family dinners has been widely documented, so I won’t go into that*. What I want to share with you is how we have started using our (almost) daily dinner to connect with our children and each other.
Let me start by saying that my husband works the weirdest shifts and we are not able to have dinner together with him everyday. However, we’ve had a sort of routine for the past year, which we keep whether he’s at the table with us or not. We ask each person at the table one simple question:
“What was your favourite part of the day?”
We know that Maia’s favourite part will invariably consist of three or four favourite parts, Robin’s will likely involve something that happened at school, my husband’s will be coming home from work or finishing an editing job, mine will almost always be a few minutes I managed to spend reading or writing on my own and Ivy’s answer is always either “Papa!” or “Me…Iby!”.
We have found that this simple question leads to whole conversations and it also gives us a glimpse into each other’s day. Ironically, it has also become one of my favourite parts of the day.
*You can be read more about the subject here: http://thefamilydinnerproject.org/about-us/benefits-of-family-dinners/