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Genius (or crazy!?) idea to avoid dinner time meltdowns…

Dinner time is not my favourite time of day.  And especially not when you have little ones with dinner time meltdowns.  We all know that things change once you have kids.  There are many things that we sacrifice for the love of these little beings.

 Sleep.  

Friends.  

The music we listen to in the car.

Eating a hot meal.

Enjoying any of these things in silence.  

The end of the day is always tough and we’re guaranteed to have a few dinner time meltdowns!  

Well my friend, I am here to tell you, we have found the secret weapon for bringing you back at least two of your long forgotten luxuries!  

 

For less than $10 you can bring back sanity to the dinner time hour.  

 

I don’t know what dinner time is like in your house, but it is often very noisy in our household.  Truth be told, it’s always really noisy in our house.  But, dinner time holds its own special honor.  Usually by this time of the day, Mickey Blue, our toddler who no longer naps, is winding down and becomes very whiny and uncooperative.  Little Lou, the baby of the family, becomes exceptionally clingy.  This also happens to be the time when my poor husband usually arrives home.  And the dance begins.

Here, you hold the baby so that I can chop up the vegetables.  Insert loud tired crying.  

Okay, I’ll hold the baby, you chop the vegetables.  

At which point Mickey Blue will usually come around the corner to ask for a television show.  

Back to prepping dinner while dad happily plays with the baby.  Oh, wait, nope, Lou needs to nurse NOW.  

Okay, we’re back at it, dad with baby and me prepping food.  

And by the way, it’s now dark outside.  Did anyone batten down the chicken coop?  Collect the eggs and do a head count?  

Okay, give Lou back to me.

 Joel heads out to settle the birds, donning a fashionable headlamp.

Despite all the interruptions, dinner gets made.  Feeling a little worse for the wear and totally frazzled, we sit down to eat. 

 

Okay, that’a lie too.  

 

One of us sits and the other stands while holding the baby.  One of us tries to get Mickey Blue interested in his dinner while now giving Izzy some attention as well.  Is your dinner hour similar to ours?

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For less than $10 we have transformed our dinner hour from a time of chaos and cold food to a calm, slightly quieter, warm meal where we all get to sit.

How exactly did we achieve this?

 

You might not believe me if I tell you.  But, I swear it’s the truth.  

 

We hung up swings in our dining room!  I’m not sure if we’re crazy or geniuses!  But it worked!  

 

Want to beat the dinner time meltdowns? Why not try hanging swings up in your dining room? Crazy, or genius? Come check it out and you decide!!!

 

My husband purchased 2 heavy duty ceiling anchor eyelets and installed them in the ceiling beam.  The anchors were just over 2 dollar each.  Little Lou loved it!  He stayed in the swing happily for over 1/2 an hour.  

Want to beat the dinner time meltdowns? Why not try hanging swings up in your dining room? Crazy, or genius? Come check it out and you decide!!!

Want to beat the dinner time meltdowns? Why not try hanging swings up in your dining room? Crazy, or genius? Come check it out and you decide!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And it was such a big hit that we actually installed a second swing for Mickey Blue.  

 

We already owned the actual swings from our playground outside.  For Lou we have the Little Tykes 2 in 1 Snug ‘n Secure Swing.  It’s been well used as we got it back when Mickey Blue was little.  

 

For Mickey we have a seat from our playground outside (Swing-n-Slide Green Swing Seat).

 

Want to beat the dinner time meltdowns? Why not try hanging swings up in your dining room? Crazy, or genius? Come check it out and you decide!!!

 

It’s been a week and we’re still going strong!  No more (well, okay…fewer) dinner time meltdowns!

 

Joel and I both sit for dinner now (can you imagine!).  I push Lou while I eat.  Mickey swings like superman behind Joel while he eats.  Izzy gets to share all his daily stories because his brothers aren’t interrupting.  And we all eat while the food is still hot.

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Want to beat the dinner time meltdown? Why not try hanging swings up in your dining room? Crazy, or genius? Come check it out and you decide!!!

 

So what do you think?  Genius?  Or crazy?

 

 Would you put up swings in your dining room?  What have you done to survive dinner time meltdowns?  Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!

 

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  • No space in our house 🙁 Bit nutty but all the best ideas are! #SundayBest

    • Nadine says:

      LOL You could read that so many ways! (I don’t know if you know, but my last name is best….meaning all my ideas are nutty! LOL but that’s not so far from the truth!) Thanks for coming by.

  • MummytoDex says:

    Haha wow! This is incredible. Shame we don’t have room for swings in our poky flat but I love the idea.

    #KCACOLS

    • Nadine says:

      Yeah, it’s a bit tight even in our kitchen and the Type A in me still cringes sometimes but it’s totally worth the sacrifice right now! And as a bonus my toddler has learned how to use a big boy swing all my himself because we can set the height for him to get on and off easily!

  • Kathy says:

    It wouldn’t work in our tiny house, but if it works for your family, I say genius. I’m all about doing what works best for your own family. I hate dinner-time too. My youngest rarely eats, my husband and I can’t get a sentence out. It is a pain. I’m hoping when my youngest is older, things will be better because I’m seeing the light with my 7 year old. We have actual conversations at dinner! Of course, they are usually centered on Power Rangers, but I’ll take it.

  • aimz18 says:

    hahaha genius! That’s called thinking outside the box. #kcacols

  • Fiona says:

    Thats awesome. I think you will find its called parenting “what ever works” approach. We used to put our son in the swing out under the varandah and pull the outdoor table up to it and let him eat dinner in the swing. Kids are 5 and 3 now. But most nights they eat with their ipads cos they will eat dinner in peace. Really dont like doing it but “what ever works”

    • Nadine says:

      Hi Fiona. Thanks so much for joining us! I’m glad you found something that works for you! Dinnertime can be such a crazy time, especially when the adults are exhausted too. We try to avoid electronics at the table so this was the perfect off-the-wall solution for our little crew.

  • barriebismark says:

    Wow! That is awesome. I bet it works great. I would seriously consider this if I had a spot for it! anything to avoid the dinnertime melt down!
    #bloggerclubuk

    • Nadine says:

      It has been such a game changer for us!! Even all the visitors that come over, the little ones head straight for the swings!! A hit with everyone 🙂

  • Our meal times don’t go too badly and they’re happy to sit in their highchairs and booster seats (tied in and food seems to be a winner!) I guess it’s just whatever works best for each family 🙂
    Thanks so much for linking up at #KCACOLS. Hope you come back again next Sunday

  • I agree, meal times aren’t fun when you have kids! The swings are definitely an interesting idea! I’m a big believer of doing whatever makes life easier! #KCACOLS

    • Nadine says:

      At least there is a light at the end of the tunnel 🙂 we have found once our kiddos reach about 3 it’s easier to keep them st the table and they are more interested I. Good and being part of things! I have such great memories of sitting around the dinner table as a kid. It’s still very central in my family with my parents! Thanks for commenting!

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