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Family Dinners and Busy Kids

Dad is ready to pitch to the kids We have always made family dinner a priority. This has been tested more in the last couple of months than at any time in the decade I’ve been cooking. Our kids are getting busy, and it feels like it’s just getting started. In the past, we’ve had dinner conflicts one night a week, sometimes two. The kids would have religion classes, Ben would have one weeknight sports game (soccer or baseball). I would have to hurry a meal onto the table one or two nights a week. This was workable. This spring, both Ben and Natalie were in sports. This was resulting in three nights a week, maybe four, of trying to get a meal cooked, eaten, and cleaned up in the hour between work and game time.Now, in spite of what you see on this blog, I don’t make elaborate meals on weeknights. I cook for 30 to 45 minutes, and sometimes an hour when it’s a really hands-off dish. I have dinner on the table …