132. Family Breakfasts: What We’re Doing Instead of Family Dinners

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A few years ago, we went through a season with a lot of evening activities. During that season, we decided to switch from family dinners to family breakfasts. We would all eat a hot breakfast (usually eggs and bacon, maybe toast or pancakes, too) and spend some time reading the Bible and talking together. We were homeschooling at the time and didn’t have any specific time we needed to get out the door in the mornings, so it worked so well for our family.
Recently, we’ve had a lot going on in the evenings and we were noticing that we weren’t getting to have family dinners very regularly. We called a family meeting and asked for people to give their ideas on what we could do to have more time together around the table. (Tip: want to come up with creative solutions for your family? Call a family meeting and let everyone weigh in and then come to an agreement on what might work. Your kids are much more likely to want to go along with the plan if they helped create it in the first place!) After our family meeting, we all decided together to go back to having family breakfasts again. Jesse and Kaitlynn need to be out the door to ice-skating by 8 a.m., so we decided to have family breakfasts at 7:30 a.m. I’ve been prepping a hot breakfast at 6:45 a.m. to 7:15 a.m. — so far, I’ve done things like Breakfast casserole, Baked Oatmeal, toast and scrambled eggs, French Toast, Waffles and Bacon, and even cold cereal (on particularly full days).
It’s been such a great start to our day again. And, we’ve realized that it’s had a trickle down affect into other areas — our days feel more organized and it feels like we have a lot more breathing room in them… just from the simple practice of how we are starting our mornings.
In this week’s episode of The Crystal Paine Show, we share more details on how family breakfasts work right now, how it’s made a difference in our entire day, two books I’ve been listening to, how to get the pit out of an avocado, a new job for one of our girls, listener mail, Hoopla, and more!

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