A few years ago, my husband started working longer hours. The earliest he would come home was around 7:30pm. I knew that having a picture perfect family dinner wasn’t going to happen that late in the day. My kids would be screaming, “AH! FEED ME NOW!”
So I invented The Little Cafe! After dinner, when my husband comes home, we have a small dessert together as a family. It gave us that time I was craving to talk about our day without starving my kids! But that’s not the best part. . .
The Little Cafe doesn’t open until the kitchen is clean! Just a little motivation to get my kids to scrub everything down after dinner. They will always get a dessert no matter what, but if they don’t help clean, I will cut their dessert in half. It’s their choice. They each have learned this the hard way a few times. Even so, it’s still shocking when I hear them say, “Mom, what can I do next?”
Does your family get to have dinner together every night? With work schedules and after school programs, it’s hard to find the time. Creating your own little cafe might give your family a chance to sit down and be together at the end of the day.
Here’s 6 easy ways to help you transform your kitchen into a cafe every night!