When we were growing up, eating dinner together as a family was a given. It didn’t matter where you were or what you were doing, you came home for dinner no matter what (unless prior arrangements had been made).
It’s a little different now.
With the cost of living so high and increased demands on our time, it’s sometimes difficult to get together and sit down for a home cooked meal. Some parents have to work extra hours or part-time jobs just to make ends meet.
Since we don’t have childcare, DH and I have to work on opposite days. I work 2 days a week, he works 5. Since we’re both flight attendants, when we’re gone, it’s for days at a time. This means that someone is always missing from the dinner table.
I didn’t think it was a problem until last night when Girlie Girl said something that made my heart sink.
“Mommy, why don’t we eat together as a family?”
I tried to explain to her that while we’re not always all together, she’s always with at least one parent. Our job is flexible enough to allow one of us to always be there for whatever activity she’d like to join. Not to mention school plays, help with homework, doing fun things after school, or just reading a book together. She always has one of us with her.
It’s not the way I imagined my family life to be but I hope one day she’ll understand that she really is very fortunate that we have so much time available to give her.
What’s your family’s dinner routine like?
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Kailani is the owner and founder of An Island Life. You'll find her sharing her daily life as a mother to 3 wonderful daughters, working as a flight attendant, and living a blessed life in Hawaii.