My parents were both teachers. This meant we were all on the same schedule. Our day started and ended at basically the same time. We also had the same vacation days.
Because I went to public school, sports practices were always held directly after the end of the school day. This made it easy to plan most dinners (at least dinners on practice nights). I guess my mom might argue that there were lots of crazy nights. But, I hope it makes her feel better to know that I only remember that dinnertime was 6:00.
So, we do what we know, right? I assumed that dinnertime would be 6:00 in my house. But, we are definitely in a different situation. My kids sports are randomly scheduled and rarely right after school.
To put it mildly, dinnertime varies.
It’s hard for me who likes structure to realize that some nights dinner will be at 4:30 (and then a second dinner is normally needed) and sometimes dinner will be at 8:00.
Here’s what I’ve learned: it doesn’t matter what time you have dinner; what matters is that you are spending time together as a family.