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We've always done our meals mostly family style, with the pots/pans in the middle of the table, rather than using separate serving dishes.  It was how my mom did it when I was growing up, too.  I'll sometimes move some things into serving dishes if we have guests for a nice meal, but honestly sometimes it's not even on my radar.  My husband does do this trick where he heats up a plate with water on it, though, so that the serving dish can also be hot, if you need it to be.

I do plate my kids' food, as it serves two purposes.  One is that they can't really get their own food easily and without spilling, and it's difficult and seems awkward etiquette-wise to walk around the table leaning over them to reach the pot or dish.  The second is that it allows their food to cool a bit while the stragglers get into their seats and we say grace, which avoids the whole, "It's too hot!"  "Try blowing on it."  "I did, it's still too hot!" issue.  I go back and forth between plating my husband's and just sitting the stuff on the table, depends on the me.

I do find that, like kherbert's post, I tend to sit down and eat last.  Usually because I get the kids their food and we say grace (my husband and I usually prefer to wait to get our food until afterwards so it stays warm), then as I'm attempting to get my food, I'm handling requests for anything that was forgotten or is needed extra (soy sauce, napkins, whatever).  By the time my food is on my plate, kids are asking for seconds.  So I'm often still eating when everybody else has finished, and sometimes have to reheat my plate.  (If you're wondering why my husband and I don't split napkin/soy-sauce getting duties, it's because his chair has arms and is wedged into a corner, making it difficult for him to get out, although he's in the best place for getting replacement silverware and things like that.)
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Family and Children / Re: MIL'S Birthday
« Last post by LifeOnPluto on Yesterday at 11:09:39 PM »
Whether MIL would like to go out for her birthday, or have someone else cook for her (both perfectly reasonable ideas, IMO), it seems like SIL has already volunteered to do something for this year. So to me, the conversation is over, with the exception of details like when and where the birthday celebration will occur (I'm assuming the OP will be invited). Next year it might be a new conversation, or maybe SIL is happy to cook for her once a year, every year.


I agree with this. Next year, ask MIL what she'd like to do for her birthday (or get your husband to ask her). Then go from there.

I will also add that if FIL doesn't want to eat out, it would not be rude of you and your DH to take MIL by herself.
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Family and Children / Re: Misunderstanding between teacher and DS
« Last post by LifeOnPluto on Yesterday at 11:03:56 PM »
Yep, another vote here for "let it go."

However, if it happens again, perhaps DS could approach the teacher - not to apologise, but to ask for a clarification of the rules. Eg "Excuse me [Mean Teacher], but I thought the rule was that if the ball hits you, you're out, and need to return to the baseline. I was a bit confused by why you thought I was still in the game when the ball hit me on the arm. Can you please clarify?"

(Note - it's entirely possible the teacher will insist that the ball did *not* hit DS. In which case, I'd politely tell her "The ball definitely hit me. Please understand that I would never pretend to be out, just to avoid playing the rest of the game."
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: I would never eat this food for breakfast
« Last post by veronaz on Yesterday at 11:01:31 PM »
Never ate a green salad for breakfast but okay with potato or macaroni salads.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by KenveeB on Yesterday at 10:58:27 PM »
Anyone who left any amount of zucchini or squash with me would be wasting their time; I belong to that minority of people who absolutely cannot stand to eat it.

Rob

To me, squash is... made okay with lots of butter.  It's not a huge favorite of mine.  Nor is zucchini.  The squash was planted for my husband, who adores it.  But even he... well, at the beginning of the summer, he said, "I'd be happy eating it every night!"  Now, it's, "When I said every night, I didn't mean *every* night."  Heh.

Squash and zucchini are good in stir frys and some other recipes, but I don't like them too much just on their own. Zucchini bread is good.
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A friendship story where I did walk.

In high school, I was very much a loner... I only ever had one or two friends. This guy was my one friend at the time, and he was a well-meaning guy, if a bit odd. We shared geekery and such, so it seemed a good friendship.

But he had many annoying habits and mannerisms. Nothing that was horrible or extreme, but if you dump enough grains of sand on a scale they *will* register. The final straw was when I told him that coming to my house on Saturdays were off because Mom studied with [mauve] religion in-home on Saturdays. After we hung up he *called Mom* to ask her if that was true.

No. No no no!

See, I had a spine of gelatin back then, but one thing that I will never abide is being called a liar. Ever. So, for the first time ever my spine grew three sizes that day. I called him and told him that I couldn't be friends with someone who openly and nakedly distrusted me, to pick up the various things that he had left at my house (as friends are wont to do), and supervised as he did so. Mom said that she had never seen me as calm and composed as I was in the face of that. See, I have always had a few rage issues, but I discovered something about myself that day: when I get really good and angry, I turn *cold*. I mean, nothing he said or did registered on an emotional level after that.

Yeah, not as spectacular as the other stories, but the weight of his "quirks" probably should have had me walking long before then...
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: I would never eat this food for breakfast
« Last post by StarFaerie on Yesterday at 10:55:25 PM »
Like many others have said, I'll eat anything I'd eat for other meals, including fish. Rollmops anyone?

I do however draw the line at hard liquor with breakfast. My stomach can't do it.
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Family and Children / Re: Misunderstanding between teacher and DS
« Last post by CakeEater on Yesterday at 10:54:05 PM »
I would advise against your DS approaching the teacher and apologizing.

Rather than taking any action or saying anything that would remind the teacher of the incident, I'd just let it be done.

I agree with this. I had a similar incident in school and I also went up a few days later to explain myself to the teacher. She got angry all over again and gave me detention for being "smart with her" on top of being disobedient. I would encourage your son to lay low.

I'd let it go as well. Is this in or out of character for the teacher? I realise that this was a fairly unprofessional incident, but we all have moments like that. If it's an isolated incident, I'd just let it go.
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Family and Children / Re: Misunderstanding between teacher and DS
« Last post by Sharnita on Yesterday at 10:52:00 PM »
I just want to add - have him keep his thoughts about her to himself. Even if another kid says something first be polite and respectful when talking about her. There will always be at least one kid who goes back to the teacher to repeat his words to her.
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Time For a Coffee Break! / Re: Special Snowflake Stories
« Last post by MommyPenguin on Yesterday at 10:50:56 PM »
Anyone who left any amount of zucchini or squash with me would be wasting their time; I belong to that minority of people who absolutely cannot stand to eat it.

Rob

To me, squash is... made okay with lots of butter.  It's not a huge favorite of mine.  Nor is zucchini.  The squash was planted for my husband, who adores it.  But even he... well, at the beginning of the summer, he said, "I'd be happy eating it every night!"  Now, it's, "When I said every night, I didn't mean *every* night."  Heh.
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