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Dinner is a special time- we have rules, but we have fun get-to-know-you-conversations.
We have always had one rule at the table. It started when I was little. I can remember the phone ringing when I was in high school and my brother jumping up to get it… but not for the reason that you think. He was jumping up to tell the person on the other end that we were eating dinner and would call them later. I always hated that… knowing that someone was calling (probably Mickey!) and knowing that I couldn’t talk. Now, I see how wonderful it really was. Today I am partnering with Sister Schubert’s® to talk about family meals and making time to connect to one another.
I remember my dinners with my family with fond memories. My mom always cooked a meal with everything that you think of as a ‘home-cooked meal’. We had the main dish, side dishes and rolls. Every single night.
Now that I am in her shoes and cooking dinner for our kids, I try to do the same. We started something from the time that our kids were babies: NOTHING is allowed at the dinner table. No toys, no electronics… just us, our meal and our conversation.
I get it, in today’s world, we are able to connect with the world 24/7, but that doesn’t mean that we should. Since I received it a couple of weeks ago, I have been using Sister Schubert’s® Basket of Warmth as a reminder to me to:
A. Have rolls to fill it (meaning a meal that brings our family together)
B. Turn off the world to turn on our conversation.
This bread warming basket has a place to charge electronics, so it literally won’t warm the rolls until you have plugged in your electronics. How neat is that? Disconnect from technology & reconnect with your family (you can’t buy it in the stores). Sister Schubert’s yeast rolls are on our table at least 3 times a week, because they have a buttery taste that the kids LOVE. (They also tend to use them like forks… scoop spaghetti to put on it, add a little chicken pot pie to the roll, soak up the leftover soap with the roll). ☺
Once you have plugged everything in, I want to give you the 3 questions that I ask our kids every night:
- What was something great that you did today?
- What was something that you failed at and what did you learn from it?
- What was your favorite part of your day?
Here are 10 more to really get your conversations going (their answers are great):
1. If you could be any animal, what would you be and why?
2. If you could go ANYWHERE in the world, where would you go?
3. If you could have dinner with anyone, who would it be?
4. If you were on a baking championship show, what would you make?
5. What movie would you want to be in?
6. Tell me the funniest thing that happened today.
7. What is one thing that you failed at today? What did you learn from it? (Failing is a good thing because it means that you tried)
8. If you could have any class at school twice in a day, which one would it be?
9. What is your favorite book and why?
10. If you could make up any rule for our family to follow, what would it be? Why?
You can print out these questions here, then cut them up and put them into a basket. Everyone picks one as you pass the basket around. They answer their question and then pass the basket to someone else.
Every day, you are given the choice to make a meal that your family will remember. You can be the world’s best cook, but if you aren’t ‘present’ in that meal, the food that you cook isn’t going to matter. But… make yummy food & you’ll have the best of both worlds. 😉
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Sister Schubert’s, available at Walmart.