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It’s the age old question… who would you MOST like to have dinner with? Hmmmm let me think…. Marilyn Monroe? Johnny Depp? Well, the way these kids have responded has made me rethink the way my family does dinner.

When faced with this question many adults minds run wild – ohhhh how exciting, can you imagine having Barrack Obama at the dinner table? What would we eat? What would we talk about? Though when these gorgeous kids were posed the same question it gave the world PROOF that dinner time is one of the most important activities in your day.

Watch the heart-warming video here:

After asking my own children the same question I was shocked to find their answer. No it was not one of their My Little Ponies, it wasn’t Taylor Swift and no mention of Justine Clark. It was US – Mum and Dad. Just us.

Well, wow! What a gorgeous feeling. It inspired me to put a little more effort into making sure we all did our best to sit down together every night and focus more on having a little fun around the table.

With the above in mind I decided to try out a few bits and pieces and have since discovered the JOY it has brought back to the dinner table.

Here are 3 ideas for a fun filled family dinner that will create a lifetime of memories.

  1. Make up a story night – ask everyone in the family to come to the table with a story, they tell it and everyone has to guess if the story is true or not. In our family Dad always makes up stories and the kids think it’s the funniest thing EVER. The bonus is that if you play this one enough times AND you guess when your kids are making stories up they’ll think twice before lying to you!
  2. Theme nights – It’s not a new concept but Taco Tuesdays work wonders. You can mix it up and get creative as well, beef stroganoff is a family favourite at our place so we go with a RUSSIAN theme on these nights – get the kids to draw pictures of babushka dolls and the Russian flag and ask them to bring it to dinner. They’re so proud to show off their work and it’s actually a sneaky learning experience – but SHHH don’t tell the kids!
  3. Get creative when ‘plating up’ - there isn’t one adult or child that I know that doesn’t appreciate a funny face in their food. Spaghetti Bolognese is ideal – you can use the pasta for hair, the Bolognese for a face and use herbs to create the eyes and mouth. It’s quite easy to do once you’re thinking about it!

So there you have it, 3 fun ideas that are guaranteed to make memories that will #makedinnertimematter

What’s your tip to #makedinnertimematter? SHARE with us in the comments below.

  • yes we have theme nights and we try for at least once a week. keep it simple so it’s stress free

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  • Great ideas for the family dinner here, thanks.

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  • These ideas are a fabulous way to create family bonding time!
    In our house it is very important we all eat together at the table & discuss our day.
    I can not wait to try these ideas & see how my family like them!

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  • This is fantastic!

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  • Beautiful ! So important to connect with your children.

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  • Its so touching…. wish my kids would say the same when asked…. if they didnt then what should i think of… gee i am scared…

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  • I could not get the video to play but I SURE LOVED THE ANSWER THE KIDS GAVE and the ideas of the parents.

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  • I loved this, it was sad, funny, and adorable. We pretty much each dinner together at the table together every night of the week, unless someone has another appointment. It’s always been our rule. We talk about our day while we eat. My son is nearly 15 and I hope to continue this for as long as we can.

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  • These are great ideas. We always have dinner together and recap our day

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  • great video it just shows you that kids only want the simple things in life.

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  • Growing up as a child we had all meals, breakfast lunch and dinner, together around the big table. We do it ourselves less strict now.

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  • got a lovely surprise it brought tear to my eyes. Imagines kidswould like to dine with super hero’s so choosing familiy mum and dad was fuzy warm and nice

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  • That was a great answer bet you were shocked
    sam1949@rogers.com

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  • We always had our evening meal together around the table and the children could each pose a question or theme for the night. It was amazing what subjects we discussed and the littlest one often asked for arithmetic questions so it helped with school work too.

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  • Sometimes when both parents work, especially shift work kids see more of one parent than the other, have meals with one of them, not two. The parents pass like “ships in the night” as the saying goes, and they don’t communicate enough either. If you are extended family and need to contact them, you often need to contact both of them to get a definite answer.

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