We usually tell families to try to keep dinner on the calendar even during the unstructured months of summer. But what happens when you’re not going to be home for dinner, or home at all? Vacations,“staycations,” day trips and unpredictable last-minute plans can all make family meals difficult to schedule. And for some families, summer sports and jobs mean that the pace of life becomes more busy from June through August, not less. What happens to family dinner when you’re living life on the road?
Fortunately, the benefits of food, fun and conversation can be a part of your family life no matter where and when they happen. Nobody said dinner is only worthwhile if it happens around a dining room table at 6 p.m.! Here are our top tips for fitting in some family dinner fun when you’re out and about this summer.
The point is, dinner doesn’t have to be perfect — or even “dinner” — to be meaningful. Keeping family time on the calendar is important, but so is learning to go with the flow and make the most of whatever mealtime opportunities feel right to you.
One way to ensure that family dinner stays on the calendar during the summer is to share it with friends! This month’s family is a group of families who are making dinner together a community event.
Caprese Sandwiches are a quick and delicious meal that’s perfect for car picnics, or for a throw-together meal whenever everyone gets home from summer fun.
A classic game of “I Spy” is adaptable to any situation, from road trips to restaurants or wherever you may be.
Imagine the places you’ll go with this fun conversation starter!