Every one in our family knows our meal schedule:
- Breakfast – each on his own
- Lunch – 12:30
- Dinner – 6:00
Having a set meal time simplifies much for us such as:
- Not having to have family members ask me what time a meal will occur.
- Not having to call people when it is meal time.
- Being able to plan my schedule so that there is an appropriate amount of meal prep time for the meal to be ready on time.
- Family members counting on the consistency of the meal times for their personal scheduling needs.
- Making it a priority to enjoy two meals together each day.
There are occasions when those meal times flex such as when a family member has something that would cause them to need an earlier or later dinner. Then with communication, the meal time is scheduled for that night for a time that will work. Those are occasional exceptions. Overall we enjoy the peace and order consistent meal times bring to our home.
If you don’t have consistent meal times, it isn’t difficult to establish that habit. Remember, habits make life easier. Think about meal times that would likely work well for your family, then backward plan so that you allow the necessary time to prepare the meal. Set timers on your computer, stove, phone or whatever you have accessible to you so that you are reminded to stop what you are doing to begin the meal. Avoid the temptation to “just do a little bit more” of whatever you were doing, and head straight for the kitchen. I expect your family will like knowing they can count on meals at a particular time and that those expectations will be fulfilled.
Trusting in Jesus,
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are
without, redeeming the time.”