Raising our two boys, Mark and I would have structured mealtimes up until the boys reached around grade one. Around that time, we enrolled the boys in music lessons and hockey. This then expanded into rep. basketball, school basketball, piano, guitar, and trumpet lessons. Before we knew it, dinnertime was interrupted by practices, traveling to games, and lessons. Often dinner was a squeezed-in necessity that seemed to happen on the run. When I look back, I realize that due to demands on facilities the 5-7 time slot was critical for leagues to function smoothly, BUT I also wonder why we as a group of families didn’t push back and request that nothing be scheduled for a designated dinner hour.
I am very grateful for the benefits that both our boys obtained from engaging in extracurricular activities such as sports and music, however, I do wonder if sometimes, we got lazy and drifted away from the structure of eating dinner together.