What time do you eat dinner?


When I hosted a morning show, I got up at 4am so our eating hours were always off. I wanted to eat lunch at 10am and eat dinner by 5 or 6 and be in bed no later than nine. When I hosted an afternoon show though, I wasn’t done with work until 7pm so I would eat dinner around 730 or 8pm. I also did not have kids at that time. Generally speaking I prefer to eat dinner on the earlier side. Sometimes if we go up the street to our favorite Mexican restaurant Lucy’s, we will even leave our house around 5ish so we can eat at 530. Seriously. Like my grandparents! I am finding though that we may be in the minority on this eating dinner earlier thing.

This past Saturday night one of my best friends had a birthday dinner for her boyfriend and the invite said dinner was at 730pm. I thought 730pm???? Who eats at 730? haha So we got their early and ordered an appetizer. This week, a girlfriend of mine is having a birthday dinner and her dinner is at 8pm! 8pm??? By 8pm, I am already thinking pj’s and snuggled on the couch. Maybe this just makes me old. But wait, my friends who are having these “late” dinners are around my age too so maybe it’s not an old thing but a me thing. lol  Also, isn’t there some rule out there that says, you shouldn’t eat anything after 8pm? lol

So for us, weeknights we do dinner at 6 or 630 but usually never later than that. The kids only do one snack in the afternoon around 4pm so by that 6pm hour, they are ready to eat. And who am I fooling? The same goes for weekends, we usually eat in that 6pm hour.  There are benefits though for eating out early…no crowds, if your kid is in a mood it’s not as annoying since not alot of people are around you, no traffic.

Hmmm…maybe it just our family?! What time do you all eat dinner?

XO Surviving Mommy

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  • I’m old, too, because I love eating by 6:30…I read somewhere that you shouldn’t eat anything after 7 if you’re watching your weight and I guess it’s always stuck with me. It used to be horrible when the kids had football/cheer practice and we wouldn’t finish until around 8:30 and had to race to grab dinner, take a bath and somehow get to bed by 9 (impossible!). Life is a little slower now and I’m always going to choose eating before 7 if I have any control over it.

    • Amy pearson says:

      While growing up everything was late. My parents were nite owls. After getting out on my own down here life runs earlier. I like that better. Dinner 5:00 5:30 kitchen cleaned up by 6. Then jacuzzi time or movie. Kids are grown.

  • Michele says:

    I’m a lot older than you but my family and I always like to eat early especially when we eat out. Less crowds and being able to let our food digest before we go to bed. I have nieces that go out to eat late all the time but their dinners consist of dinner and drinks and then more drinks and usually going somewhere else for more drinks! I’m a homebody and I like to be able to spend my evenings just chillin! You do what works for your family. I totally get where you are coming from.

  • Cindy says:

    I prefer to eat before 6 because I sleep better at night. I get up at 5 for work, so I’m asleep by 10 at the latest. Like you, by 8 in the evening, I’m thinking pjs (and getting the kids in bed!).

  • Romy says:

    Hello.. I am Romy from Argentina. In my country we have 6 meals a day, 4 of them are actual meals at the table, and 2 are snacks on the go or while working/studying. In my case I wake up at 7am, and have breakfast at 7:30am, then at 10am I have a little brunch, lunch at noon, the afternoon snacks which we call “merienda” are not just snacks but an actual meal at the table, always at 5:30pm. Then we have a small snack on the go if hungry around 8pm, and then dinner is served from 10pm to 11pm.
    It has always been hard for me to understand, why people in other countries have dinner at 5pm. The first time I knew about this I was little, and I was watching an episode of The Simpsons, I remember Homer and Marge were setting a date for dinner at 5pm.. I was really confused and it seemed to be something from another world for me. hehe.
    Well maybe life is a bit more hectic in other countries.. so people have to wake up really early, like you at 4am. So I understand now I guess. 🙂

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