31 Days of Quality Time :: Day 22, Enjoyable

Monday, October 22, 2012

{This post is part of a series. To read from the beginning, click here.}
Yesterday I touched on why moms sometimes rush through meals. There is more to it:

Meals with little ones can be a dreadful experience. I get that. Believe me. I've been there, and sometimes, I'm still there. 

Often, moms just want the meal to end so that the kids will stop fussing and lose the cray-cray that comes when they are expected to sit in a chair for more than 30 seconds. Between getting them to eat and getting them to sit still, meals can be downright exhausting. It is no wonder that we clean our plate in six minutes flat in order to move along the arduous process of coerce, feed, coerce, feed, clean up, serve, coerce, feed, give up. Not exactly the Normal Rockwell picture of family life.

When I think about it, though, I'm not convinced that rushing through meals is the best way to change the picture and get to a peaceful place. Sure, life can be more peaceful when the kids are finally released from the table, but isn't the goal for family meals to be enjoyable? I think that stopping my hurried instinct, and going in the opposite direction of slow and steady, may be the ticket.

*Minor disclaimer: My kids are 4 and 5. Moms of toddlers, carry on. 

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