#WeAreFamily Making Memorable Meal Times #ad

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When McCain offered us the opportunity to be part of their #wearefamily campaign we jumped at the chance. (Especially as food is involved!?) Stats from some recent research they conducted says that 49% of Brits do not feel popular culture portrays the reality of modern day family life.

They say,

“Its latest brand advert uses real families to reflect the diverse reality of what it means to be family in 2017 through the lens of mealtimes. Whether it’s friends helping to bring up children, a traditional family unit or grandparents playing parents, McCain’s rallying cry, whatever the setup, however mad or magical, is, ‘We are family’”

Furthermore, McCain have teamed up with the National Portrait Gallery to celebrate real modern families – no filters, no stereotypes, just the joyful realities of family life. The gallery is completely free to attend and is open until 7th October so still time to go! Grab more info here.

As a blended family we think its great that McCain are trying to raise awareness that families come in all shapes and sizes.

We are a family of five. I have two children; Isla 5 and Teddy 3, and a step-son, Louis 12.  We raise our family to see the positivity in blended families and teach them that regardless of your family make up, a home filled with love is the only crucial factor of any family.

This year hasn’t been an easy one for our family and so we were determined to make the most of the summer holidays. Knowing that Louis was going to start a new secondary school come September meant that we wanted to do everything we could to make our summer together one that was full of great memories. One the children would never forget.

We went on holiday, had lots of day trips to our favourite farms, theme parks and beaches and spent time with family and friends. We made memories that will last a life-time and when the last day of the summer holidays came we were all feeling a bit down in the dumps about it.

So we decided to cheer ourselves up and make the most of our last evening of the summer. We told the children that they could choose their favourite tea. They chose chicken, chips and salad. Obviously, in the way children so often do, the boys chose different chips! But that just meant more choice for Daddy! #winning #dadbod

The children helped to prepare the dinner by prepping the salad and then they went to play whilst I set up a surprise for them.

Every mealtime, we eat at the table as a family. It’s our favourite time of the day. Time to talk, to listen and to catch up with each other. To make the last dinner of summer holidays that extra bit special we decided to have an indoor picnic. We laid the sitting room floor with a blanket and set it like a dining table with plates, cutlery and cups. Dinner was served in the middle of the floor with the family sitting around it. We raised a toast to the wonderful summer we had had and we wished the children good luck with their new starts at school.

The dinner was out of the ordinary for us, making it a special way to mark the end of a truly wonderful summer together. A dinner that the children won’t forget.

In fact, I think they are already hoping for a repeat meal time experience for the end of each term!

 

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