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"fmaily meals" whose ferigging idea was that

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NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:44:38

because i pretend that they are fufn btu they are awful

dh shovels food in as fast as he can to sotp the agony

kids eat either super fast or S l o w l y

and oh its vile

NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:44:55

no doubt you lot all sit there tlaking abotu madrigals

castille Thu 02-Oct-08 20:45:32

do you mean just you and kids? if so, don't you ever eat together? not even at weekends?

NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:46:14

yes we do
as un often as poss
lunc ok
breakfast
ok
tea
oh god no.
sat and sunday ( ifnot out)

Katisha Thu 02-Oct-08 20:46:48

Yes we stuff down the food as fast as possible so we can get the madrigal books out and start singing around the table.

norksinmywaistband Thu 02-Oct-08 20:47:05

I hate it as well, we do it at least 4 times a week but I always end up with a stress headache or indigestion.
I was hoping it would get better as DC got oldre.
obviously not

NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:47:21

lol
oh god you all LOVE it dont you
i am a workign class scruffer
pass the kebab in teh polystrene tray

NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:47:57

adn i frantically try to talk to kids to maintain some semlbance of normality and swever convo away from who is a plopper or nintenod levels

and dh shovels

NotCod Thu 02-Oct-08 20:48:50

adn dont dirnk all that water oyu wont eat
adn shut your mouth when you are eating
etc

Beetroot Thu 02-Oct-08 20:50:11

more fun with older kids i think.

alienbump Thu 02-Oct-08 20:50:36

Oh no - I can't abide it. Eating with my children gives me indigestion... I do sit with them while they eat at 5ish, then when they're all in bed it's dinner and a glass of wine for me and DH.

Agree, lunch and breakfast much more agreeable family meals.

SparkyFartDust Thu 02-Oct-08 20:50:54

DP sits with his head pressed against the radio in obvious attempt not to engage with us on any level.

DD1 usually has some meltdown when presented with horrible nutricious offering.

DD2 pastes herself/ me/ walls with food-doing BLW don't you know.

joy.

Habbibu Thu 02-Oct-08 20:51:18

DD just will not pass the port around the table in the correct direction. And last week I caught her using her fruit knife for the fish course. It's just such hard work...

pointydog Thu 02-Oct-08 20:52:47

famioly meals are generally good.

Do not comment on eating/drinking habits unless absolutely necessary.

The only thing that drives me nuts is when dd2 slavers and licks all teh chocolate off her kit kat or choc digestive (afters) as if it is a lollipop, leavin gherself with a soggy teetering mess to finally wolf down. That's about the only time my voice gets worryingly loud.

procrastinatingparent Thu 02-Oct-08 20:53:39

Hate hate hate family dinner atm - fussy kids, DH grumpy because the baby won't eat without screaming between every mouthful, and having to feed a 4 year old, and a stroppy 6 year old and 10 year old who sulk if they don't get their favourite foods (which are mutually exclusive) at every meal.

It is a hidjus nightmare, and I only keep persevering because the one thing worse that all sitting down to dinner is me sitting down on my own with them.

Someone once said you raise your children to be the kind of people you would like to have dinner with. Can't see it happening any time soon in the procrastinating household, but I live for that day ...

pointydog Thu 02-Oct-08 20:54:05

They must be pacy. Eat, chat if anyone wants, leave the table when you want. Fewer rules the better.

Before we got the new telly, we used to watch The Simpsons over tea. That was good.

Umlellala Thu 02-Oct-08 20:55:48

Aw, I quite like our family meals. But then (dd 2.4) is very cute and funny and we don't really do much table etiquette yet (so get to giggle about playing with food and being silly).

InvisiblePsychomum Thu 02-Oct-08 20:56:11

I enjoy the family mealtimes.

DH however does not

that is because he is sat next to motormouth DD1 who is far far from quiet.hmm

in fact, I wonder how she has time to eat, the amount she talks!!!

Slouchy Thu 02-Oct-08 20:56:17

dd1 witters inanely/kicks dd2 under table/strops/cries - but eats food

dd2 tantrums about coming to table/cries about being kicked/complains about food/screams about missing start of Charlie and Lola (tea has to be very carefully timed/leaves half her food

dh - bemused shovelling

slouchy - gin

Slouchy Thu 02-Oct-08 20:57:12

ROFL at pass the kebab in teh polystrene tray

Twiglett Thu 02-Oct-08 20:57:54

cook together

take it to the kitchen table .. all have own jobs

eat quickly

listen to music

get kids to clear table

don't do it too often

LadyGlencoraPalliser Thu 02-Oct-08 21:00:24

I like our family meals. We have interesting conversations about poo and farts madrigals.
The DC kick each other under the table ask each other about their day and I smile -through-- gritted teeth benignly as they play with their food eat up their vegetables.

geraldinetheluckygoat Thu 02-Oct-08 21:02:20

I force myself to have dinner with 3 underfives every day. It is HELL.

Beadgirl Thu 02-Oct-08 21:04:11

why should they be awful?

if they don't eat with you all of the time how will they ever know how to do it.

Slouchy Thu 02-Oct-08 21:06:16

<Looks up shiftily as the prefect enters, hides catapult down stocking tops along with fags>

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