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.
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!
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.
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?NO MORE DINNER TIME MELTDOWNS!!! For less than $10 you too can have a warm, quiet meal! Click To Tweet
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?
We hung up swings in our dining room! I’m not sure if we’re crazy or geniuses! But it worked!
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.
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).
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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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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