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I was raised in a household where family was very important. My parents put their kids first and always had time for us. My mom loves to cook and like clockwork, she had a delicious meal on the table by 5:30. We would all come together to eat, and I loved this family time. Dinner was our chance to share how our day went. I remember for a while having to following my mom’s eating patterns or I would find myself alone eating while everyone else had finished. (No, really. I would enjoy our discussions so much that I would often forget to eat.) And even as my sister and I got older, this was always still a top priority, even with after school activities.
I’m so thankful that I am married to a man who shares these values. We both take an active role in raising our kids and family time is very important to us. Sometimes when I see my husband playing with our three boys, I can’t help but smile. I know he enjoys being a father, and I don’t ever have to nag or guilt him into spending time with us.
One routine that we find so important is eating dinner together. Before kids, my husband and almost always spent our evenings together. And much like when I was growing up, dinner was a great time to chat about our day. Now that we have kids, mealtime has remained special. This is a great opportunity to teach and interact with our kids, uninterrupted. All distractions are removed, and the television is turned off. And while it might be tempting to check our phone or listen to the news, we know that those distractions will keep us from what is important.
And with that, I don’t want to spend hours in the kitchen to prepare a meal that my family loves. I love that brands like Ragú help keep family mealtimes a priority with easy to create meals. With 11 tomatoes in every jar, Ragú® Old World Style® Traditional Sauce is their richest, thickest recipe* ever!
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