This post was sponsored by Tai Pei and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.
Family life is busy, but one way that I try to bring the family together is by connecting with family during dinner.
I am not saying that it always works out for us or that it will always work out this way, but for now I really try to get us 3 all around the table at dinnertime.
B is still pretty young to have a conversation with at the table, but I still encourage her to tell her Daddy what we did that day or something that she is excited about. Then, Brandon and I usually take this time to talk about our days with one another.
It is pretty easy for us to stay on track with connecting with family at dinner because there are only 3 of us and B is only 2 years old, but I know as she gets older and as our family grows it is going to take more of an effort to make that happen.
The following tips are ones that I plan on utilizing for our family as time goes on!
How to Connect with Family During Dinner
Eat Good Food
It sounds simple, but the bigger your family gets the more opinions there are on the food options.
As a mom, you also don’t necessarily want to be cooking something that is super time-consuming because that is taking time away from sitting at the table with your family.
Our go to quick, easy, and delicious meals for dinner are Tai Pei entrees.
Frozen dinners have come a long way since the kid’s frozen boxed meals I ate when I was a kid. Not to say that I didn’t love those at the time, but now you can buy frozen foods that taste like they have never been frozen! The ingredients in all of the Tai Pei entrees and appetizers are real and good quality ingredients which is important to us.
Tai Pei also has TEN different entrees so I would say that the chances that everyone is going to find something they love are pretty good. My favorite are probably the Orange Chicken or the Sweet & Sour Chicken and Brandon loves the Beef & Broccoli.
Peak and Pit
I have seen this done by many different families and I have done a variation of it, but I think it is a great idea especially for large families where kids might feel as if no one is listening.
To do peak and pit of the day you go around the table and each person says what the best part of their day was (the peak) and the worst part of their day was (the pit).
I think that it is a brilliant idea and can really help kids feel heard and also keep the family up to speed on what is going on in each family members lives.
We do this at Thanksgiving dinner, but we say what we are thankful for from the year since we played the game last Thanksgiving.
Yes, I know. It isn’t always the best idea to teach your kids to play games at the table, but what about incorporating your meal into a game AFTER dinner. This could keep the family enjoying each others company even after dinner instead of everyone going their separate ways.
I was recently invited to an event in Dallas, TX for Tai Pei where they taught us different DIY projects using the Tai Pei entrée containers! By far my favorite DIY was creating a pinhole camera and taking an actual photograph with the entrée container!
We were also shown how to use the container to make a flower pot, make lighting decorations, and more!
It was really fun to eat some of Tai Pei’s delicious food, mingle with some of my local blogging friends, and then carry on our fun into DIY projects and I think that it could be just as fun to do the same at home with my family.
Make Sure Everyone is There
I know it can be hard, especially as kids get older and have sports practices at night, but try and enforce at the minimum one night a week where everyone from the family enjoys a meal together and catches up with each other.
I believe that the busier we get, the more effort we have to put in to keep our relationships strong with one another and in my opinion there is nothing more important than making sure that the bond your family has stays strong!