It's easier for me to not have family
meals because I end up doing all of the work-planning the
menu, preparing the food, setting the table, clearing the
table, and doing the dishes. After working all day, then
coming home and doing all of the work for us to have a meal
together, I am exhausted. What can I do?
Choose a time that is not a meal time to have a family discussion about this problem. Encourage each family member to contribute ideas and try to incorporate each person's ideas into future meal times. Suggest that each person be responsible for a task involved with the meal-- for example, one person sets the table, one person cooks, one person prepares beverages, one person clears the table, etc. That way it is not too much work for one person and all family members will be more invested in the mealtime.
Source: Kim Leon, Ph.D., Former Assistant Professor and State Specialist, Human Development & Family Studies, Human Environmental Sciences Extension, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Wednesday, May 13, 2009