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January 06, 2011


Grace @eatdinner

Hey Dad, all I can say is keep trying for family dinner! Maybe it's not possible every night, but maybe a few nights a week? Especially as the kids get older you will all appreciate the time together. I admit, I let my little one snack so she can wait out dinner at 7:30pm (Dad, my DH, often starts cooking when he gets home.) I write about family dinner at www.eatdinner.org

Big sis

Hey Bro,
It doesn't always have to be dinner.
With my (Texan!) hubby working out of town a lot, my late schedule two nights a week, soccer practices etc, there aren't a lot of opportunities for dinner together.
I try to cook a hot breakfast most mornings and we sit down to eat that meal together.
Big sis


John, decent story. Liked the tie-in to Elvis and I, too abhor peanut butter and bananas. Uck! But really, making dinner every night for the family is really a no brainer. Trust me, I even do it without a working kitchen.


Very well written post . . . I can see you at your family dinner table as a kid.

Good luck eating together.

(I like peanut butter and banana toast for breakfast -- no bacon.)

Jean at The Delightful Repast

So good to see you making the effort. It isn't always easy, and kids (and many parents) don't always see the point at the time, but what I call The Family Dinner Hour is worth all the effort it takes. It will reward you with a closeness that would otherwise be forever lost, never to be regained. There are no do-overs. We have to get it right the first time. Eventually, your children will thank you.

john donohue


Thanks for the encouragement. I really appreciate it. 



john donohue


Thanks for the note. Glad you liked it.



john donohue


Youre right, making dinner for the family is a no brainer. Getting four members of the family who range in age from three to 43 is another story. That can require a PhD sometimes, or at least feel that way.

Glad you liked the story.



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