Typically we eat dinner as a family, its usually a really fun time. Accounts of the favorite moments in the day, the occasional spilled sauce or splashed spaghetti and guaranteed laughter.The best part of dinner though is the sweet treat afterwards - but lately it hasn't been a food treat at all!
For the past few weeks, as dinner is wrapping up, the children and handsome hubby have been helping un-set the table and then they have traded dessert time for playing together for ten to fifteen minutes while I clean up.
At first, stuck in the kitchen, I felt a bit like just hired domestic help. Then I realized that this set up was a very sweet treat for all of us.
For the children it means undivided attention from papa, laughing, roughousing, jumping and deepening connection at its finest.
For me, it means a chance to do dishes and wipe counters uninterrupted but really I'm not just cleaning up the kitchen; I'm clearing my mind, sorting my thoughts, re-centering and focusing on me for just a wee bit of time. Then hearing the laughter puts me back, grounded and ready for the children's bed time.
The days we trade dessert time for play time, which have been more and more lately also seem to lead to smoother sailing when bed time rolls around.
I'm pretty sure that all that purposeful connection and laughter is helping all of us better work together at the end of the day. Getting three little ones washed, into pajamas, teeth brushed, stories read, all tucked in and asleep in about 40 minutes and before 8pm is possibly the sweetest treat of all.
How do you like to connect with your children at the end of the day?
Peace & Be Well,
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