Back in the summer, Rob and I spent a lot of time talking about how we wanted to bring our extended family together more frequently for shared meals. We see each other at birthdays and other holidays, but we don’t gather often for casual meals with our parents and/or siblings unless there is a special occasion clearly marked on the calendar.
As we were having these discussions, we also noticed that our boys wanted to spend most of their free time on the weekends with their friends, a natural behaviour of most tweens and teens, and Sunday afternoons often came with a request to go to someone’s house to watch football, or to invite a friend over for the day. I was starting to notice how much I disliked having our family divided up at the end of the weekend, and felt that having dinner together was an important way to finish off the fun of the previous two days.
The solution to both situations we were discussing suddenly became obvious, and at the beginning of September we launched what is affectionately known as Family Supper Sundays. The meal is exactly as the name suggests: every Sunday night we have dinner at our house and invite all of the (locally-living) members of our extended family. It’s mandatory that our own boys are here, and they are welcome to invite friends (and, eventually, girlfriends) to come too, but they know and understand that their presence is non-negotiable.