SUPPER TIME IS FAMILY TIME

One of my most favorite family activities is supper time. We try every day to sit down and have supper together as a family. Some of our best family time is spent around the table laughing and talking about things that happened during the day.

Last night as I sat at the table and listened to the boys laugh and talk, I realized how important eating together has become for our family. We all have busy schedules, but we try hard to plan supper around a time when everyone can eat together.
Here are a few things you can always expect at our supper table …
  • If at all possible, we don’t start until everyone is home. There have been times when all of us but one have sat down and just waited on the last person to get home.

  • Someone is going to say or do something that is going to make everyone laugh. Bonus points if you say something so funny that it makes milk comes out someone’s nose.
  • Cell phones are off limits. You can’t answer cellular phones or text during supper.
  • If the phone rings, we let the answering machine get it.
  • If it’s Sunday, we talk about what we learned in bible class or what the sermon was about. During the week we talk about what’s happening at school, in sports or in the world. Anything to communicate together.
  • We pray together, thanking God for the food and our family.
  • Everyone has their official place or chair where they sit.
  • We tell Lea/mom, “Thanks for supper, it was good.”
The only thing missing from the supper table right now is Taylor. Thankfully he will be home for a week at Christmas to take his regular spot at the table.
Are your meal times like this? What are some things your family does?

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I am a Christian husband and father, who moonlights as the minister for the church of Christ in Childress, Texas. My wife Lea and I have been married for 25 years. We are doing our best to raise our 4 boys, who are all growing up way too fast. Read 1182 articles by
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  1. underthebigbluesky says:

    The girls are younger now so there are no scheduling issues, but we always do this.

    We incorporated a question of the night into our dinner. Each of us comes up with a question and then we all answer it. They know my two-part question is the same everyday, What was the best part of your day, what was the worst part of your day?

    It's amazing how much more I get out of them this way instead of banging them with "How was your day" when they get home from school.

    But I couldn't deal with the milk/nose thing. We just get giggles, but then we're girls :-)

  2. Doug Young says:

    Our dinner time is similar to yours, except for our daily food fights! LOL

  3. Stoogelover says:

    We grew up with the same perspective on supper. The only exception was that on Sundays, we often had a house full of people to eat whatever we had. We didn't always invite that many over, but if we invited anyone, the word sort of spread through the church and we never knew just how many would show up. We'd eat what was there and many times someone would make a quick run to the store for chicken to help out, then everyone would help clean up before they went home. Lots of good memories. With just the two of us these days, we usually eat out, sharing one meal. Saves money. Nothing tops having all the family home at one time for a meal. And these days, that includes one two-year-old running around and 11-month-old twins crawling around so much that it seems like there surely must be about 6 of them!

  4. akomageorgeo says:

    Trey, your thoughts are perfect, i have and am a per taker of your good work in the Church at Childress,Texas, I have experienced what you are talking about , and no man is usually happy if the wife and kids are not around him,
    Your member Weldon Dee Green has helped us a lot, he and his wife Susan has supported us he helped me to be trained as a registered Nurse and as well a Registered Psychiatric Nurse, pray for him,Dr Green is a true Christian, please Thank him for me for supporting a fatherless and picked me from the dust and gave me a profession with the International Christian Foundation!!

  5. TREY MORGAN says:

    akomageogeo – you are 100% right about Dee & Susan Green. They are wonderful Christian people.

  6. cwinwc says:

    Enjoyed them immensely when son was home. Now that he away at college wife and I enjoy each other's company. We had blackened fish (pompano) last night.

  7. Anonymous says:

    This is not something we do regularly. My wife and I are making changes and I know that dinner as a family needs to be one. We have two sons and it seems between them and myself something is always happening. I do not see how you and Lea keep your family balanced. You and Lea are great examples. MM from Amarillo

  8. Brian Vaughan says:

    There is no table in our dorm room but I love having dinner around the table when I am home….yummm home cooked food =)

  9. Cornelius Crew says:

    Very similiar to yours but we also have this "game" called Table topics- ours is the family edition and the cards ask questions that strike up conversations like – What one thing would you ask you parents if you could ask them ANYTHING? Or What would you change about your school day? What would you keep?- the kids and Kent & I all answer and always find out something new about each other.

  10. NB says:

    Our mealtimes together are hit and miss. I want it to look different, but it never seems to happen. Seems like we are always in such a hurry. I know I need to work on it!!!

  11. TREY MORGAN says:

    MM from Amarillo – Thanks for the kind words. There are many times we're not so great of examples :)

    Brian – You're welcome at our table anytime :)

  12. Steve V. says:

    Identical!

  13. Drew Battistelli says:

    I have fond memories of eating together as a family as a child, but as the years went on I was the last one left at the house before going to college & then back home and now gone. I can't wait for the day I can eat dinner, every chance I get with my to-be-wife and our Lord-willing children… I can't wait to hear the laughter, hear the prayers, and hear everyone giving thanks and building each other up. I guess that's my dream of a family table- a place where everyone comes and shares- a place where everyone gives and takes- a place where we are unified… Hmm- reminds me of the Lord's table.

  14. Anonymous says:

    My wife and I have similar meal times when we are home together; which is difficult due to travel, work, etc. We don't do it quite like your family's, but all the same, I think meal times as a family do one thing, it gets people to communicate with each other. That's the key.

    Great post.
    Jeremy

  15. Jim Martin says:

    Trey this is a very good and important post. As our children were growing up and all of us juggling different schedules, we stilling put a priority on a meal together, once a day. It was important and made a difference in our family. Thanks.

  16. Trent Tanaro says:

    Same here, our two boys Tyler 3 and Timothy 6 will NOT start without us, if they do, they are asking whats going on, where's dad or where's mom? Boy do they ever tell us about their day..soo mch fun to hear!

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