End the Dinner Dilemma and Engage Your Family
Dinner at our house it is chaotic comedy. Three wild boys, a chatterbox daughter and trying to hang on to sanity was too much as we gathered around the table, everyone talking at once. Enter the “Dinner Dilemma Jar”. A simple mason jar, scraps of paper and suddenly silence, respect, conversation.
It all started ten years ago when my oldest came home from school trying to memorize Shakespearean quotes. He was struggling and juggling our schedule still didn’t find enough time for me to help my son. I needed some one on one time…or at least for his brother to be quiet long enough to let me hear sanity. So one night, I wrote down some Shakespeare, cut it out into strips of paper, folded them and placed them in a Mason Jar. Then I thought, “I better give his brother something too”, so I wrote down things like: “What was the best thing about your day?”, “What is one thing you are willing to practice everyday?”, “What’s a synonym for quiet?”