All the experts say it is important to have family meals together. It creates a time of bonding and fond memories, so they say.
Well, we have had family meals, since before Caleb was born. Sometimes multiple times a day.
Last week, after another meal of spending more time talking about manners at the table than talking with each other, we decided to break with convention. For nearly two weeks, the kids get dinner about a half hour before Marc gets home. They sit at the counter, and eat together. I pick up the kitchen and talk to them, or sit and knit and talk with them. Marc gets home, and they get to be with Daddy on the terms that they most love... snuggling and reading, or wrestling and tickling. And they get to see Mommy and Daddy have time to eat together. They are often getting pajamas on while Mom and Dad sit together, peacefully, at the table and eat our meal together.
The experts may say otherwise, but I think our family is onto a good idea... we sure seem to be enjoying ourselves more.