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    Default Meal times at your house with the kids

    What times are you guys sitting down to dinner. My hubby doesn't get home to around 6 pm. I feed DS around 5pm and he sits down at his meal sometimes by himself he is fussy with food and I think this doesn't help. I would like us all to sit down for dinner together but 6 pm or later is abit late for him. Should I sit and eat with him or wait till hubby gets home. My ds is 5 and we also have a 16 month old as well I feed him at 5 pm he has a bottle around 6-6:30 too so this time of night can be hard.
    What are you guys doing in regards to meal times

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    My DSD who is 5 eats at the same time we do, so around 6 - 6.30

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    We all have dinner together at 6pm. We decided early on that we all wanted to eat dinner together so that we can all catch up and talk and to set a good example for DS.
    DF gets home from work between 430pm and 5pm then he has play time with DS while i make dinner.
    After dinner we do bath, more play time, books then bed at 730pm.

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    At our house we all sit down to dinner together at 6pm.

    6:30 bath & then bed at 7pm

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    My DD is 13 months and we have all sat down to dinner around 6pm since she started eating food. We have always thought it important to spend dinner time together.

    Is it that your DS is hungry or just very tired after school? If hungry have you tried giving a bigger after School snack? If tired then he needs his sleep and will be going to bed earlier. This is quite common in children when they first start school. As he settles in this will get easier and you may be able to push dinner til 6

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    We too struggled with this when DD1 was little as she wasn't a great eater. Ultimately once DD2 was eating solids she needed to eat at 5 and DD1 decided she wanted to eat then too. DS goes to bed at 6 or 630 so eating after DH gets home doesn't work. DH also hated eating the moment he walked in the door.

    Now all 3 kids eat at around 5 or 5.30 and then DH and I eat after the kids are in bed. We always try and eat together as a family at the weekends.

    I remember watching something about families in India and they have the basic goal that one meal a day is eaten as a family - so we all eat breakfast together.

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    DS is 2 and we have dinner at 6.30 -7pm

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    DH works shift work so sometimes he is home for dinner and sometimes he isn't. I still think though that it is important to all sit down and have dinner together so when DH isn't home I sit down with the kids and we all eat together and hten DH can have his when he gets home... I think 6 is a bit late for dinner for us, but I have always had dinner early, when I was a kid it was at 4.30, but usually I like to have dinner by 5 or 5.30 at the latest.

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    DD is 2 and she has dinner at 4.30pm and then goes straight to bed. DH and I eat later, around 6-7pm.

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    DS is almost 2 and has his dinner at 6:00pm, DH & I dont eat til after hes gone to bed (goes to bed at 7pm).

    It will probably stay like this for a number of years, til DSs bedtime is pushed back later I'd say. We eat together on weekends, and occassionally on a Wednesday night when we have dinner at my parents.

    For us there is a number of reasons: DS needs to eat that early as hes starving by then, I work ft and am just not organsied enough to have dinner organised for all of us in time for us to sit down have dinner, then do DSs bath, book, bedtime routine and be in bed by 7. We dont get home til 4:30-5, and DH doesnt get home til 5:30 and doesnt want to eat the second he gets in (whcih I understand!) and finally its too damn hot! We live in the tropics, its much nicer to be eating dinner once the sun has gone down at 7:30pm... DS isnt bothered by this though!
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