Friday, June 25, 2010

Dinner Time?

By Heather

What time do you eat dinner? Around here, dinner is usually ready around 6:30. It has worked worked well for us for many years, but lately we’ve had to adjust dinner time to a very early 4:00-4:30 because cross-country practice is at 7PM, and as all runners know, it’s never a good idea to run on a full stomach—or an empty one either.

One of my favorite things is a sit-down family dinner—and obviously I go to great lengths to preserve that tradition. Even eating at 4 in the afternoon. The thing is—I kind of like eating this early. It’s nice to have dinner and dishes out of the way by five and know the whole evening is wide open.

This new dinner time can’t continue once school starts again—but as soon as the kids are out of school for good…a new tradition may have been born.

Do you have a set dinner time?

18 comments:

Dru said...

Yes I eat within 30 minutes of arriving home, mostly before 6:30p.

Katie said...

We used to eat regularly at 5. Now it depends on when I get out of work, so on the days I work, I start cooking as soon as I get home, so we usually eat at about 4:30-4:45. Other days, it depends on what's going on and eat as late as 6:30 (which I hate). I'm with you, I'd rather eat early.

Lorna Barrett said...

We used to eat around 5 p.m. when we first got married (19 years ago). But over the years, it got later and later. We regularly eat between 7:30 and 8 p.m. Thank goodness for Happy Hour about 5 p.m. or I'd starve!

Ellery Adams said...

6:00. If we don't eat by then, the trolls and I get grumpy!

Babs said...

When the boys are in school we eat at 4:45-5pm as they go to bed at 8. Now that summer is here no later then 6 or we all start getting grumpy a tad.

Sheila Connolly said...

Our daughter has been living with us for three years now (how did that happen?), and she doesn't get back from work until about 8. She says we could go ahead and eat, but that seems unkind. So five days a week, we eat late; on the other days around 7 (and we watch Jeopardy together at 7:30!).

Andrea C. said...

I my brain (from childhood) dinner should be around 6 or 6:30..and that is usually the way it is through the school year. Although when summer hits dinner is usually closer to 7. Probably because it is lighter later and I stay up later than my usual bedtime I feel like everything can be shifted and hour or so.

Rural View said...

I aim for 6:00 but my husband sits down in his recliner when he comes in from his machine shop. He immediately falls asleep so dinner is actually whenever he wakes up. If we've had lunch out, we just skip it altogether.

Linda said...

Usually always around 6:00pm. I'm the prime dinner maker in the family, and get home earlier than my husband does, so I usually have it ready when he gets home at 6. I don't think I'd want to eat any later than that.

tonya kappes said...

Our times vary depending on the day. Every night we have some sports practices (with three actives boys) and we ALWAYS eat dinner as a family. I think it's important to talk about what's going on with eachother. Keeping the lines of communication open!

Kate Collins said...

We eat at 6 pm out of habit from years of my husband getting home late from work. Now our stomach clocks are set and when friends want to meet up for dinner at 7:30-8 p.m., they think we're stick-in-the-muds for moving up the time. I just don't like eating late! Hard to digest the food. Heather, you're a smart mom to leave plenty of time for the kids to digest their dinners.

Debra said...

We only have family dinner on the weekends. My son eats late because he works out every night,after work. My hubby gets home after 9pm usually and I eat early. Like Kate,I find it easier on my stomach to eat early.

Laineshots said...

My body clock is set on "early" - breakfast at 5:30 am, lunch at 11. We have dinner when my husband gets home from work at 5:45, but like the Duchess of Bedford, I "experience a sinking feeling around 3 pm." So, like Duchess Anna, I have afternoon tea with all the elegance and a small snack. Picks me up both physically and mentally.

Heather Webber said...

Andrea, before these nighttime practices, we were eating later and later, too. That whole summer thing was at work!

Rural View, I love late lunches and skipping dinner. I would probably eat that way every day if I could--and just have dessert if I get hungry later in the day. :)

Linda, can you imagine eating at 9 or 10 at night? I can't. My daughter has a friend who's foreign and her family has a very late dinner time. Their dinner time is my bedtime. LOLOL.

Tonya, when all three of my kids had practices, rehearsal, etc., etc., we were lucky to eat dinner at all. And there were some nights where cereal worked just fine. LOL.

Kate, I'll be a stick in the mud with you! One day I'm totally going to be one of those senior citizen having dinner at 3 pm.

Debra, with schedules like that, family dinners would be so difficult. It's good you get to have them on weekends, though.

Shel said...

Take a "normal" schedule, push it back about five hours, and you have us. Chris works second shift, which here means 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (or 1 a.m. if he's working overtime). My own work schedule is usually 5 p.m. to midnight. Chris works a demanding physical job, when he gets home, he's HUNGRY. So, yes, we eat dinner anywhere between midnight and 1:30 a.m. My son isn't here full time, only in the summer, so he pretty much adapts to our schedule, which for a teenager, is probably his preferred one anyway! We do try to have at least three "family" meals a week, though.

Katie said...

well I put the kids in bed between 7-7:30 because I'm up at 5:15 most days and wake them up at 5:45. I hate the schedule, but you gotta do, what you gotta do, right?

Vickie said...

We eat dinner around 6 or 6:30. I would love for it to be earlier to have the evening to do whatever, but once we get home from work/school it's 5pm and one of us makes dinner and the other helps Lady K with homework and takes care of whatever chores are going on.

Diane P said...

Since the Senior Specials are around 4, look what you have to look forward to when you finally reach that age.