There’s no way to ease into this: If you’re reading this message, you’re probably doing so from home. The coronavirus pandemic has forced most families to stay at home, start virtual learning programs, set up makeshift home offices, and in all other ways try to start a “new normal.”
There’s nothing normal about any of this. But we know everyone’s doing their best, and we want to help if we can. Our team is just like you: Families of all different configurations trying to stay safe — and sane — while we wait for the current situation to pass. For us, family meals are still one of the moments during the day when we feel like we are following a “normal” routine. They might not look and feel exactly the same as they did when grocery shopping was easy and schedules were busy, but the basics of food, fun and conversation with our loved ones haven’t changed. So we hope you’re also able to gather for, and even enjoy, some family meals during quarantine. Here are our thoughts and tips to help you stick with family mealtimes while you’re staying home.
There’s no doubt that these are unusual times, and nothing feels quite the way it usually does. But some things — like family meals — can continue with a few changes from the norm. Now is a time to enjoy the benefits of a routine and appreciate the little things as much as possible. Find the “roses” when you can, acknowledge the “thorns,” and look forward to the “buds!” They’re coming. Hang in there, families!
This month’s family of the month is…yours! We’ve put together this Virtual Dinner Guide to help you connect with friends and family for food, fun and conversation during social distancing. We hope you’ll enjoy some time together and share your experiences — maybe your story will be featured here soon!
These Banana Mug Cakes from our book Eat, Laugh, Talk: The Family Dinner Playbook are perfect for stuck-at-home meals. They’re easy to make, even for young kids; single-serving, so you can only make what you need; and use just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have on hand.
While you’re staying home, you might find yourself spending more time in the kitchen as a family. Try our Family Iron Chef Challenge to spice things up!
If you don’t already have a conversation jar on your table to help get your family talking, this is an ideal time to make one. Download our printable cut-apart conversation sheets to get things started!