A question was posted on The MOB Society Facebook page about family mealtime:
“Our meal times with two little boys aren’t fun. We always seem to be correcting bad behavior, and they don’t seem to care or want to change. Do you have any tips for making meal time a happier, enjoyable time for all?”
Can I get a show of hands if this could be your question?
Did y’all see that? We just did the biggest football stadium wave as our MOB team raised hands across the country. Congrats, mamas. Now let’s huddle up and see if we can collectively tackle this question of a mealtime make-over.
I know you want a neat list of answers. I do, too! A top ten list of how to put the super back in supper. A how-to guide for fidgety boys with picky palates. And a fool-proof plan to ensure Mrs. Manners graduates our sons with high honors.
This issue requires more than a quick fix on Pinterest, (but by all means, please pin this!)
We need a mealtime revolution!
We are training our boys to be warriors, right? We’re going to have to do battle. Mamas we have to fight for mealtimes. Dinner is so much more than a meal, it’s about feeding our boys soul food in addition to filling their bellies. Gathering at the dinner table is a time set apart for reconnecting as a family. In fact, the Hebrew word holy means set apart for a special purpose.
I don’t know about you, but holy isn’t the first word that comes to mind when I think of our family dinners. A couple of years ago, I got fed up. Our suppers were getting sloppy, and not just manners – attitudes! Sure we were eating dinner together every night, but we were flying through supper and skimping on gratitude. You can read my story here.
Based on the Facebook post, we are ready to tackle mealtimes as a team. Issues from manners and picky eaters to the heart and soul of breaking bread together at the family table. One of the things I love best about The MOB Society is the wisdom and encouragement of our community. Y’all are deep wells, friends.
How about another show of hands? Are you ready for a Mealtime Make-Over?
Let’s start by asking questions and share what’s working and what’s not at your dinner table in the comments. Then we’ll be back with more posts addressing common needs and sharing our own mealtime failures and successes.
In the meantime, here are some Mealtime Make-Over resources for you:
- Raising Hearty Boys. Brought to you by Raising Boys Media, the new website dedicated to keeping our boys fit and fed launches soon. The RHB community is a place for boy moms to find recipes, nutrition tips, and fitness ideas. I’m honored to be one of the RHB contributors and hope you’ll join us at the new site for raising boys who are strong in faith, mind, and body.
- The Family Dinner Cookbook: Great Ways To Connect with your Kids One Meal at a Time. Dinner is more than a meal. And The Family Dinner is definitely more than a cookbook. Full of inspiration, recipes, and easy-tips for meaningful mealtimes. I love this book and can only say. . .get it! (I feel a give-away coming on)
- A Meal with Jesus: Discovering Grace, Community, and Mission Around the Table. A powerful book about the Biblical context of meals in the context of mission and ministry. Through the lens of the Gospel of Luke, Dr. Tim Chester shares Jesus’ ministry of meals and how we can apply these to our own tables. (I feel another give-away coming on)
- 52 Sunday Suppers. I’ve teamed up with my neighbor and friend for a year-long journey to make our family meals more intentional. Join us each week as we dish up weekly menus, mealtime prayers, table talk, and inspiration for Sunday suppers.
Finally, the photo was inspired by a comment from one of our mamas on Facebook: Is it too much to expect an 8 year old boy to eat with his mouth closed?
You are not alone, friend. And, I have the napkins to prove it!
Let’s encourage one another. And start a mealtime revolution!