Because it’s Important

Hi everyone!

We general eat dinner at the dining table together 5 nights a week. I have worked very hard to get to this point of consistency with family dinners at the table. We always use placemats and napkins. The Princess watches me set the table everyday. Sometimes I have her help me.

The other night when I was getting ready to set the table, the princess asked me if she could do it. She explained that now that she was in preschool she was big enough to do it by herself.

Well, okay then.

I got all the table setting items out and put them on the counter and went and sat down here at my laptop (it’s in a corner of the dining room). I sat here trying not to watch her and pretend I was doing something. I listened to her talk her way through it out loud.

“We have blue glasses tonight because we are using blue dishes”

“I get the small plate and the small fork”

“Mama and Papa get these big glasses. They drink more milk than I do. But, that’s okay”

I ended up sitting here typing away at the things she was saying to herself.

So, this was our dinner table.

miss lia 057 To be honest, I think she did pretty darn good for a 3 year old! I’m not sure why “Papa” got a different color placemat but, she chose them.

miss lia 058 And yes, even though it took every bit of my self control, I did not change a thing. Okay, I did flip my silverware around and pushed my glass up so it wasn’t in my lap.

miss lia 059 At the end of Grace, the princess announced, “And I set the table!”

It’s the small things that are important.

Amen


I am joining a new party over at my friend Marcia's blog! Minutes for Me!

27 comments :

  1. extremely well done for a 3 year old but even more importantly she got to be a part.
    Happy for both of you.

    Sonny

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  2. What a great thing to document on your blog - those little moments are the best. And perhaps he got a different color placemat because he is a he? I bet she had a reason. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. I guess Papa is a special person. Growing up there never was a question if I was joining the family for dinner.

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  4. That is so sweet! It is so truly important to let them have those moments. When my kiddoes were little, I moved all of our casual (yes, all glass & china) dinnerware to a lower cabinet that they could easily reach. It was part of their responsibility to set the table, so I made a drawing of the right way to set the table & taped it to the inside of the cupboard door so they could see where everything needed to be placed. And, no, we never had anything get broken. I'm trying to continue this with our grandchildren when they come over. It's really fun!
    :) CAS

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  5. Love those plates, lucky you to have such a sweet helper :)

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  6. It is so nice that she is taking an interest...lots of kids her age are used to fast food out of a sack, not sitting at a table. She did a great job for being 3 years old.

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  7. Oh yes, it is so important. I'm glad you are letting her help. It means a lot to them to be a part of what happens at home. We did that all the years my family was growing up. Rarely ever did we eat out and when we did it was usually a picnic of our own makings. Those times will never be forgotten and hopefully will help to form good habits that will last for years to come.

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  8. Hi Diann
    How precious! You are bringing her up in the way she should go! Just as the bible says! Love it! You are a great mama! Thank you for sharing this!

    Love & hugs
    LaDonna

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  9. Oh how precious and I love her tablescape. I think it is totally magnificent. Brings back such precious memories of my own "little" girl. Hugs, Marty

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  10. So cute!
    Remember to teach her BIN, Blade in for the knife when she is old enough.

    I remember setting the table every night when I was little. Yet, in college there were some who didn't know where the silverware went as they had never set the table!

    I love those dishes!

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  11. Your helper did a fantastic job. I'm sure dinner was extra special last night.

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  12. That's adorable. And she understands "what's important."

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  13. And so she did. But more that setting the table, she "knitted" a piece for the afections, love and memories quilt that will be yours forever and that's priceless. More priceless than knowing why the King has a different mat ahahahah.

    I remember getting lost myself in dear daughter's mumblings when she was doing something - all is so pure, clean and loving there.

    You're Blessed.

    Teresa

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  14. Truly a special moment and one you will treasure from now on. The Princess did a very good job.

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  15. Diane your princess did an awesome job.

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  16. Awww, so cute. Enjoy this moment because when she is a teenager and is aksed to set the table she will probably moan and groan about it like my teenage girl who is more interested in texting than dinner, lol. By the way, tell her she did a FABULOUS job!!

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  17. Awweee ~~ the Princess did a wonderful job...
    ~~HUGS~~

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  18. How special Diann! I'm glad you let her do it her way and Papa got a different placemat cause he's a b.o.y. I'm sure:@)

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  19. Awwww....it is so important for them to learn these things and feel a part of the helping. I loved having dinner with my kids growing up. Life gets so busy and connecting at dinner was high on the list of MUSTS! Hugs to the princess, she did a great job.

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  20. I love this post. I think she did an outstanding job. My daughter takes pictures of my 4 yr old granddaughter doing chores. She said she's showing them to Cate when she's grumbling as a teenager.

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  21. Oh, this is so precious! She did a wonderful job, too!

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  22. That is so cute! I would have to say that was your Minutes for Me!

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  23. That is just so precious! Kids just love helping out and us adults need to let them do it. When they get older if we don't let them help it will be too late!

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  24. I think that she did a great job and she probably had her own reason for the different place mat.
    I am proud of you for not changing it.
    Have a great day.

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  25. The Princess did a wonderful job. Good for her.

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  26. Yes, it was important. Lovely post :)

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  27. A treasured moment - can time stand still? Just a lovely post.

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