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Meals Are More than Food


Tip 329

Mealtime Together

Set your schedules so that you can have at least one relaxed meal together every day. Sure, there are people who travel or have commitments that can’t be rearranged. However, if you plan for the one meal together every day, then when it is possible, you’ll make the time for it.

It’s something you’ll start putting as a priority.

For us, this one meal has always been the evening meal. Though everyone in the family (especially when the kids were still at home) had very busy schedules with constant activities, if we could have a relaxed meal together it was the evening meal. Mornings for us were never possible to have focus on each other with conversation about the day. At noon, rarely were we in the same location. So, the evening meal is what we aimed for.

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Whatever meal you choose, have it together and something the two of you (or the family) is centered around. That doesn’t mean that each person fends for himself or herself and then gathers in the same room. That doesn’t mean having a meal but at least one person is on a digital device. That doesn’t mean having a meal while everyone is focused on the TV screen.

What it does mean is everyone sharing the meal and sharing conversation in a positive way. If you aim for this, you’ll hit it at least several times each week. Mealtime can be one of the best bonding times possible. It’s one time when concentration can naturally be on each other.

Mealtime can be rewarding, fun, and memorable—instead of only being about food.

What do you think? Do you have a mealtime that is important to you and your mate? If so, how do you make time for this with schedules always so busy?

~ Glenda (gj)

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