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Why My Family Always Eats Dinner at 6 - Dinner with Kids

Why My Family Always Eats Dinner at 6 - Dinner with Kids
From The Kitchn - September 26, 2017

Recently my wife Laurie and I attempted to reminisce about the carefree days before our daughter Iris was born in 2003. I was reviewing restaurants and getting into home sausage-making and bread-baking. We were young and flexible.

It turns out we both suffer from parenting-induced retrograde amnesia, because we could not remember a damn thing about what we ate for dinner back thenor when we ate it.

Now we have a strict dinnertime and it turns out I love it even more than our daughter does.

How We Started Eating Dinner at 6 p.m.

When Iris first settled into a reliable sleep schedule, we'd put her down to bed at 5:30 and then I'd start making dinner (not bragging; she always woke up within a couple of hours). I am glad no one ever shot a picture of us at the dinner table back then. Between exhaustion and our crappy 2001-era digital camera, I am sure the photo could have been titled First Meal After Escaping the Cult.

In any case, dinner was always on the table promptly at 6 p.m.

Iris turned out to be the kind of child who thrived on routine. We turned out to be the kind of parents who would sooner let our child play in a tiger enclosure than skip naptime.

Why We Still Eat Dinner at 6 p.m.

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