Last week I found myself in a dinner rut. I find myself in that same rut two or three times a year and it always sets me to scouring recipe websites. This time I decided to try a new recipe for lasagna, even though I hadn’t made lasagna in years. When I made this meal five years ago, it was such a bomb with us barely eating a fourth of a pan. As a result, I took lasagna off the meal rotation. However last week, I was desperate and chose to try it again.
You can imagine my shock when my husband and several of my children went back for seconds and one even requested a third piece. I sat there dumbfounded! They were actually eating and enjoying this dish that had been blacklisted years before. It made me wonder why I had taken so long to attempt the meal again. Although that is still a mystery, I was thrilled to add another recipe to our family menu plan.
Reflecting on this situation, I was intrigued by the thought of parenting bombs in our family which had caused us to abandon a particular activity, tradition or practice. So many times after hearing of what friends have done to celebrate a holiday or instill a particular character quality, I have taken their thought and tried to implement that same concept in our home. Unfortunately, not all recipes for family activities are received as well as they are in the original household. Over the years I have realized that when a particular activity or tradition does not immediately receive rave reviews sometimes it just means that we need to tweak the idea to fit our family. Other times it means we need to wait a few months or maybe even years before we try it again. Occasionally the other idea can serve as a catalyst for us to consider a way for our family to accomplish the same goal in a different way.
Since all families are different, and each family is even different from itself as it moves through various life stages, it can be so helpful to revisit those thoughts that initially struck us as a good idea. Every now and then a second attempt will be enthusiastically received. Why not give it another try?
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