Sometimes as we approach the dinner hour things are a little bit chaotic in our house. Is it at yours?
So in our search for ways to make our dinner hour a little more calm and a little less chaotic I came across an idea about having a moment of silence at the dinner table, allowing everyone to calm down and get ready for the blessing. This seemed to work for a time but as with a lot of parenting attempts it didn't seem to completely solve the problem. So Ben suggested we try to sing a hymn before we say the blessing. We call everyone for dinner only once. If they don't arrive then we begin to sing (we started at the beginning of the book and are going in numerical order). The singing normally brings the missing child quickly to their seat. I think singing really sets a nice tone for dinner to follow. I can't say it has solved everything but I think it has helped to make everyone feel a little more calm, especially Mom!
So what works for your family? Do you have any traditions that help your dinner hour be a pleasant experience?