We are Amy and Aaron, a 30-something couple that lives in
River North with our 17 month-old daughter, Mia. We have been
married nearly five years and of those five, we have worked
together for almost four.
Yes, we work together. We own a small real estate business and,
on average, we are together almost 24 hours a day, seven days a
week. We wouldn't recommend it for everyone, but it works for
Because we are working parents and spend a good portion of our
day away from our daughter, having dinner as a family is extremely
Once six o'clock rolls around it's all about family. We sit down
to dinner about a half hour after we arrive home. At the table, our
work conversation ceases and all of our attention is on Mia. We do
not watch television or check our phones. We do try to put a
well-balanced meal on the table.
Even though Mia is still very young, we engage her in the
conversation. We like to ask her how her day was, what she did and
what would she like to do after dinner. Of course a lot of her
responses now are babbles, but our goal is to get her used to this
part of the day at a young age. We want her to know that the dinner
table is a place where we share a meal and some conversation, not
dine and dash.
Not only are family meals a great way to spend time together,
but studies show that families who eat dinner together have better
communication skills and build stronger relationships. Children who
participate in family meals have better grades in school and are
better adjusted as teens and adults.
And families that eat together are generally healthier. They eat
more fruits and veggies and drink less soda and other sugary
drinks. Plus, a Harvard study found that children who ate family
dinners frequently had healthier eating habits, even when not
dining at home.
After working all day, we truly relish the time spent with Mia
at the dinner table and our dog appreciates the leftover scraps Mia
throws on the floor. Just because we eat together, doesn't mean
it's any less messy.
Amy and Aaron Galvin live together, run a business together and raise their daughter, Mia, together in River North. Amy also blogs at secondcitymommy.com.
See more of Amy and Aaron's stories here.
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