Dinners Ready. Are You?

Disclaimer: This has nothing to do with saving money, but everything about being a parent.  Also we did not have Beef in a Red Wine Sauce last night, we had hamburgers.  This picture just proved to be more of what I want all of you to think of me.

We are a fortunate family in that even though my kids are involved with sports, they are home for dinner.  I have 2 high school aged kids.

I love cooking for my family.  I love cooking in general, so it’s just a bonus.

As I cook alone (not a complaint) I will let everyone know we will be eating in 10 minutes. I kid you not, as soon as I say something, all of a sudden everyone has something to do.  My daughter will run off to her room, which leaves me to holler up repeatedly until she finally comes down.  (Now I am complaining.)

Yesterday my daughter walked away, I said we are eating in 1 minute.  She left anyways. I said leave your door open I will be letting you know.  Within minutes I hollered up 3 times.  No response.  We sat down and ate.  I was fuming.  Finally my son said can I have her hamburger, I said “sure”.

We cleaned up, my husband and I went for a short walk, we came home and I was reading through emails, finally 1 hour and 5 minutes later she comes down, “Is dinner ready yet?”  Are you kidding me, I let her know over an hour ago it would be ready in 1 minute.  Then she found out we had eaten her dinner.  Ooooo!

I told my husband,  new rule at our house.  I am tired of telling everyone over and over that dinner is ready.  I expect after all I do, and I never guilt them that I do cook alone, that they all show up and eat together, then we all clean together.  (Clean together we do already.)

Now added to our first rule of the 2 choices we have for dinner: Take it or leave it, we will add, come when asked the first time or we will eat your dinner.

Do I sound mean or does this sound like a reasonable request?

Parenting by the seat of my pants Works for Me.


  1. Haha I spent years doing the same to my parents. I remember both of them yelling up the stairs. They never ate our dinner though – probably because my sister and I were as bad as each other! I’m sure when I have kids I’ll be due a hard time!

    Hope it works for you – I’m sure they’ll learn soon enough to get there on time!

  2. Well, we’ve never eaten someone’s dinner, but if someone didn’t come on time, I left it out on the table and the girls have all had to eat something cold (not appealing) because they didn’t come on time.

    I had to laugh when I read this though because it’s apparently a universal problem, and I thought it was just my family that had problems with this.

    We’re eating later these days because of my husband’s schedule, and now everyone is truly hungry by the time dinner is on the table, so no more late arrivals!

  3. Whew! I am glad it’s not just me too! I guess if you have a hunger teenage brother you should not be late. I learned that lesson early on. I had 2 older brothers. If you wanted to eat, you had better be there, if you wanted seconds you had better eat fast.

  4. I’ll have to try this…on my husband! : )

  5. Haha! Report back on that one please!!!

  6. You are not alone. I love that you let him eat her dinner. I’ll have to remember that one for the future. Good job, Mom.

  7. I don’t know that I said it was a good idea, but it did get her attention. 🙂

  8. Our rule is if you don’t come when called for dinner, you have volunteered yourself for kitchen clean up that evening. I agree that it is very frustrating. I, too, have fumed through a meal because a youngster didn’t come downstairs when called. Now? Well, if someone wishes to volunteer herself for clean up detail, that is her choice. The rest of us will have a relaxing meal. Might sound mean, but it works like a charm and it gets the point across.

  9. Hmmm. That also seems like a great idea.