Dinner is a time for frank conversation

Boring yawns

He never beats around the bush. I like that.

 

 

 

Your answer to: “What should I have to eat?”

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If your kids are anything like mine, they come home from school famished. Ravenous. The default is to go for the easy stuff – packaged crap that is high in sugar and tastes delicious. Well, with the help of the Canadian Sport Institute and our Canmore Nordic Ski Club, (we had a nutritionist speak to us about healthy food choices for student athletes), I’ve whittled down an excellent list into some options I believe are easy for my kids to help themselves to, are better for them and also taste delicious. My hope is that this eliminates the question that invariably follows the dumping of their knapsack and plodding over to wherever I happen to be when they come home which is, “What should I have to eat?”

“Feast your eyes on the fridge door!” I shall reply in a jolly tone. “And choose whatever tickles your taste buds!” The rest, is up to them.

Print off a copy, slap it on your fridge and let me know if your day becomes “What should I have to eat” free!

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Pointless

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At first blush, this might seem super depressing. The reality was that this was a great starting point for a dinner discussion. My guess is that the notion of pointlessness came from an 11 year olds acknowledgement that Sunday evening feeds into Monday morning and with that the beginnings again of the weekly routine. More specifically, this means: get-up, go to school, eat a dinner that probably doesn’t make my top 5, go to bed. Repeat.

Of course each day is far more varied than that, a fact he granted after some further probing. I think this speaks more to the reality that as we grow it’s natural to question our place in life. What does it all mean? What is it’s purpose? What is my role in it all? Big questions that many adults probably can’t answer. We talked about family values, experiences, the importance of enjoying the moment and not just the end goal – all good stuff but did it resonate with the immediate feelings of a sixth grader? I’m not sure but it was a good chat never-the-less.

Making time to eat dinner together has oft been discussed as critical for all members of your family. Need a refresher? Try this story from Today’s Parent. Or this one from the Washington Post. Or how about visiting this site devoted to family dinner: The Family Dinner Project.

Enjoy tonight’s dinner and maybe even an engrossing chat about existentialism!

The Candy Trade seems to be amping up year over year…

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I’ve come to realize that at a certain age Halloween trick or treating is less about consumption and all about acquisition. The sheer volume gets larger and the resulting trading gets more intense. On the upside, career options are expanding.

An idea of this year’s haul…

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Grave Wrongdoings and a fine dessert

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Grave wrongdoings can often be mended with some flour, sugar and butter.

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Not the answer he was looking for…

I always enjoy a pithy bit of conversation at the breakfast table.

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Worst house guest ever.

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Dogs. Sigh.