The family dinner is a very important tradition that should be planned at least one night a week. It is hard to balance family and work life now more than it ever has been. With the economy it usually takes two parents to keep a family above water.
Gone are the days when dad would go off to work while mom stayed at home and took care of the children. Dads are also taking more of an active involvement in their children’s lives than they have in the past when they would come home from work and sat in their study smoking a pipe and reading the paper. That is if this scenario ever happened anywhere other than a television sitcom. It is a wonderful time to be a father, you can share in so much.
Even though we all have a busy life trying to make a living for our family it is still very important to sit down at the table, turn off all electrical devices, share a meal and good conversation as a family. “How was your day?” is a simple phrase that means so much, it is saying “I’m interested in you, and what you have going on”.
But in these busy times it isn’t always easy to have dinner every night at 5, so you need to adapt. If all else fails sit down and check with everyone’s schedule and plan one day a week when everyone can come together. Maybe even have everyone get involved in the meal preparation, for some extra quality time spent together. I for one love having the children help with meal preparation and it’s usually edible when they get older.
Keep the conversation positive and learn to reconnect with each other. There has to be a balance met between work and family, you can make all the money in the world but if you lose touch with the ones your family in the process you will be a poor man.
Good Luck Super Daddy!