"What's for dinner?" Johnny says to his mom as he comes running into the house, home late from soccer practice and about to be late to piano lessons. Seeing dinner is not yet served, he grabs a bag of chips and some fruit snacks from the pantry and begins eating them on his way to the shower. Dad hasn't arrived from work yet, and the other kids recently finished their snack of graham crackers and chocolate milk. Now they say they don't feel like eating dinner. Mom sits down on the sofa with her microwave dinner and turns on her favorite TV show. What a relief! Everyone has eaten and they're all busy with other things for the next little bit. Mom can finally relax and have some down time to herself.
Duncan, Stephen F.; Scoville, Amy; and Erickson, Jenet J., "Mealtime Matters" (2018). Forever Families. 58.