Too Busy for Family Dinner? Try Family Breakfast Instead

Too Busy for Family Dinner? Try Family Breakfast Instead

Bring everyone together for a morning meal to start the day out right.

By: Leah Maxwell

There’s no picture of domestic bliss as iconic as that of a family gathered around the dinner table to talk and connect over a healthy meal at the end of the day. Spending that focused time together becomes even more important as school and fall extracurriculars ramp up. But of course, those are the things that also make it harder to get everyone in the same place at the same time. One solution? Catch them before they even head out the door for the day.

For many of us, there’s just no way family dinnertime is going to happen on a regular basis. I mean, Norman Rockwell didn’t have to drive his kids all over the place for school and daycare and swimming and piano lessons while crossing his fingers he’d manage to get some dinosaur nuggets in and out of the oven before the ravenous hordes started gnawing on the table legs. That’s why, in my family, we focus on making breakfast our everyone-all-together family meal.

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Calling breakfast “the new dinner” has all kinds of advantages. For one, having everyone up and dressed early enough for a sit-down meal -- even if it’s something simple like cereal and OJ -- means fewer tardy slips or days where you have to sneak into work late. Eliminating the panicked dash out the door with a granola bar in each kid's hand can also help set the pace for a calmer day overall. Perhaps more importantly, the time you spend together allows everyone to touch base and connect before schedules get hectic. In addition to the emotional benefits, let’s not forget the health benefits of family breakfast: here’s your chance to get some good, nutritious food into everyone’s bodies before they go out into a world full of vending machines and fast food drive-thrus.

Do you make breakfast a family affair?

Leah Maxwell is a book editor, freelance writer, cereal addict, wife, and mom to two small boys. She has been blogging at A Girl and a Boy since 2003.

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