Strategy Two: Create a list of the top five reasons why people shouldn’t miss the meeting.
Applying this to dinner, I’ve come up with the list below. Note how I'm still attempting to make dinner time fun and exciting (per yesterday's strategy), especially for kids. Here’s my top five list:
1. You need to eat and I, the almighty household dictator, control access to all the food. (Fridge is now padlocked, FYI.)2. Your parents are going to be there - live and uncensored! You won't want to miss what they say next! Engage in exciting conversation with old people!
3. The food is free (… if you show upon time. Rates increase five minutes after the official start time).
4. You’ve run out of legitimate excuses to miss time with the family. Save your creativity for more important things.5. Parents are experts at causing emotional distress that will last a lifetime. Kids, surrender now — while you still have a little sanity.