We’ve started a new initiative at home recently: family dinnertime. Each evening at the dinner table, we take it in turns to tell the rest of the family what was the most fun thing that we’ve done during the day.
In the past, we’ve tried to ask the boys what they have done at preschool and they’ve been pretty mute, the most expansive answer typically being “I don’t know”.
But for some reason, asking them a few hours after we are home and when we’re all together and eating seems to work better. I think that we’re all a little more relaxed and they have had time to process their day might be a reason. We still have to nudge E a little each time (but then he is only three and a half), but O has taken to it enthusiastically, reminding us at the start of dinner that we need to share our days. And it’s interesting to hear what he picks as the highlight of his day.
It also helps me to find the good in each day – especially important at the moment, when I have been feeling down and have struggled to be positive.
It helps too for the boys to hear a little more about what Husband and I do each day at work. In fact, it prompted O to ask me the other day what I do in my job – something he has never asked before. And it has to be good that he begins to see us in light of what we work with as well as us as Mamma and Pappa.
Have you tried this? Did it work for you? I think it’s such a fun way to learn about each others’ days. I intend this to become a habit that we stick to – a new family tradition.