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Old 04-20-2017, 02:27 PM   #1
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Pretty much our only ongoing marital spat. My wife, due to her mother never cooking and picking up takeout or fast food every day when she was growing up, has in her head that 4:30 - 5:00 is the time that you are supposed to eat your evening meal. I think this is stupid. I'm not even home then.

My take is, dinner should absolutely never be before 6:00, and preferably more like 7:30 or 8:00. At a minimum I want an hour to do stuff or relax prior to starting cooking (she doesn't cook at all). Not only am I against eating early, I just can't stand jumping into anything as soon as I walk in the door.

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Old 04-20-2017, 02:31 PM   #2
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Pretty much our only ongoing marital spat. My wife, due to her mother never cooking and picking up takeout or fast food every day when she was growing up, has in her head that 4:30 - 5:00 is the time that you are supposed to eat your evening meal. I think this is stupid. I'm not even home then.

My take is, dinner should absolutely never be before 6:00, and preferably more like 7:30 or 8:00. At a minimum I want an hour to do stuff or relax prior to starting cooking (she doesn't cook at all). Not only am I against eating early, I just can't stand jumping into anything as soon as I walk in the door.

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Agree, dinner at 7-8 PM.
Even better in South America, restaurants serve dinner @ 10-11 PM.
No idea how they get up and go to work in the morning.
Sometimes we combine late lunch and early dinner @ 5 PM then snack in front of the TV later.
(Getting old, I know.)
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We eat around 5:30 or 6. We have a 7 year old so she starts her routine around 6:30 for shower, reading etc. Our neighbors are sometimes out grilling when we go to bed around 10.
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I don't think there is a "Rule".

In my opinion is 6:30 - 7:00 is the time I like to start to eat dinner. Ever notice the hardest time to get a dinner reservation is 7:00 PM ? I don't like 8:00 or later as it does not give me enough time to digest and go to bed, I then sleep like crap.
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5:00 is ridiculous. It can't be done with a work schedule. Even if I wasn't at work, I still might be out in the yard working on an afternoon project at 5:00. 7:00 - 8:00 is about as quick as I can do it while still enjoying it. We are trying to make it closer to 7:00 these days.
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Growing up....dinner was just after 5pm. My dad had a part-time job in the evening and my mom would get home from her job just after 5pm.
After being married, dinner ends up being when ever things get organized! But we try to finish by 8. Same as others have said...if you eat too late it's bad for digestion and sleep.
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I grew up on a farm. Dinner was at 6:00 PM. If you showed up at 6:20 PM, dinner was all over with.
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During regular time of year, 6-6:30 but Day light savings time of year 7:30-8ish.
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7:00 - 7:30. Agree with not coming in the door and immediately start/eat dinner. Need to take a moment and relax with tasty beverage.
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I get up at 5, oatmeal at 5:30, lunch at 11:30, dinner at 5:30-6:00 because my wife and I are usually starving. My wife does half the cooking, and she cooks well. Often a really good crockpot is awaiting us when we get home!
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When our children were small the evening meal was served around 6pm.

6pm meal, play with the kids a bit, baths, story time and children in the bed for 8-8:30.

Today, in an adult only home, we eat more along the lines of when we get hungry.
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1 PM.

Supper is around 7
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Banana around 5, sub at 1:00, snack before bedtime, sometimes. My stomach won't hold as much as it used to and if I eat a big meal past 5 I'll be up at 2 belly aching.
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Case in point. On the lawn mower. MIL in town to keep baby. Jus tweet and picked up fast food. Wife not happy that I would rather keep cutting grass rather than eat as a family at 4:50. Family being her and her mom. Baby is asleep.
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Grew up eating dinner at 5:30. Today I prefer 6:30 to 7.
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Pretty much our only ongoing marital spat. My wife, due to her mother never cooking and picking up takeout or fast food every day when she was growing up, has in her head that 4:30 - 5:00 is the time that you are supposed to eat your evening meal. I think this is stupid. I'm not even home then.

My take is, dinner should absolutely never be before 6:00, and preferably more like 7:30 or 8:00. At a minimum I want an hour to do stuff or relax prior to starting cooking (she doesn't cook at all). Not only am I against eating early, I just can't stand jumping into anything as soon as I walk in the door.

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I say quit bitching to your internet friends and get your ass in the kitchen.
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I eat dinner when it's done cooking.
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6-6:30 with the 4 year old. Adult meals around 8.
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I don't think there is a rule but it varies b/w cultures and where you were raised.

My understanding is that the less you eat in the evening and the earlier the better it is for you and better to sleep.

Growing up we had a large lunch and a light supper. Dinner was the big family dinner on Sunday early afternoon.
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I say quit bitching to your internet friends and get your ass in the kitchen.
You can eat dinner after dark. You can't cut grass.
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