The 1 Food Ritual That Will Keep Your Family Together

Adriana Velez Yum!

pizza fridayDid you know? The couple who eats pizza together every Friday stays together. Well, it works for one couple, anyway. As part of their relationship contract, "Newlyweds" TV show alums Tina Sugandh and Tarz Ludwigsen vowed to always have Pizza Friday together. This means they agree to "keep this time free from all phone calls and other interruptions. No friends or business colleagues will be invited to Pizza Fridays."

Wow, a tall order to follow for the modern couple. But I think it's a great idea. My son and I do Taco Tuesday, and we love it. (It's not just for Legos.) I think we're a bit looser on the rules -- friends are willing to join us. But the point is, it's our food ritual, and it helps us connect at least once a week. Over food. Which makes connecting awesome.

So, you're thinking of starting a family food ritual of your own? Here's a few things to keep in mind.

1. Pick a food that's open to variety. Think less "Chicken fingers Wednesday" and more pizza, burgers, noodles, pasta, tacos, even pancakes. Otherwise, you may get sick of having the same thing every single week.

2. Agree on the rules. They don't have to be Tina and Tarz's rules. But you do need some parameters (or it doesn't count) and you need to stick to them, really.

3. Plan ahead so you're ready. I say this as someone who has a hard time thinking more than one day ahead. No one wants to be caught taco-less on Taco Tuesday. That's just embarrassing.

4. Have fun. This shouldn't be a chore. Get the kids to help prepare the food (if that's your idea of fun...) and don't take on anything too ambitious. Remember, this is about connecting and sharing some laughs. If it's too stressful, order takeout. Takeout Thursdays! 

Does your family have a food-themed night?

 

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