Today marks the end of week two of the dinner challenge. (You can read about the first week “Dinner Unplugged” right here.) This week, we decided to mix it up a little and in addition to eating together, add a “family game” to the mix. My five-year-old will crush you at UNO given the chance so we tend to avoid that particular game. Here’s what we ended up doing instead.
What we learned: Everyone loves a story.
I’ve read countless books about the imaginations kids possess. Experts often discuss how kids come to the planet full of creativity and artistic ambitions only to lose those abilities as they become adults. In the book, “Orbiting the Giant Hairball,” author Gordon MacKenzie tells a story about artists. In the first grade, when he asks who are artists, almost every hand goes up. When he teaches third grade and asks that same question, less hands go up. By the sixth grade, barely any kid is willing to raise their hand and say they’re an artist. A world that tells kids too quickly “to grow up,” sometimes sees art and imagination as childish or not important.
Not at our house.
My wife and I are determined to make creativity one of our family’s core values. So this week, when we ate dinner, we finished by playing a game we made up. The story game. It’s simple. Someone at the table starts a story with one detail, “There once was a raccoon.” Then the person next to them has to add a detail, “And he lived on a big farm.” Person by person, detail by detail, the wildest stories unfolded this week. Since I have a five-year-old and a seven-year-old daughter, there’s usually a pink unicorn that makes a cameo, but other than that, each night was different.
It’s simple. It’s fun. It’s free. And it’s hopefully the kind of thing that years later, my kids will say, “When I was growing up, dinner was important, and so was creativity.”
Our favorite E-Mealz meal of the week.
We’re doing the Publix Meal Plan right now. This week, the meals offered ranged from Crock Pot Barbecue to Crustless Spinach Quiche. If you’ve ever read my love letter to the Crock Pot, then you know that this week was a no brainer. Crock Pot for the win!
Our dinner record for the week.
We went 7 for 7, although Thursday’s had to be micro because my wife and I had our first class for Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University.
How about you?
How many nights this week did you eat dinner with your family? Did you beat me?
What was your favorite E-Mealz meal?
What family games do you guys play?