TV Lunches {The Ordinary Moments}

We eat at the table together as much as possible, I think meal times are such important times as a family and really love this time that we share together. But there are times where we’re having a lazy day or a hectically busy one where we will turn the TV on and all have lunch watching a movie.

Little Man isn’t as messy eating anymore and his high chair sits nicely in front of the TV. LP will sit on the sofa or at her little table and we’ll all have lunch together with Disney for company.

TV Lunches {The Ordinary Moments}

LP loves having a TV lunch, she sees it as a real treat and always makes sure that she eats nicely, doesn’t make much mess and takes her plate into the kitchen when she’s finished. She also helps pass Little Man food back when he drops it or puts more on his high chair tray when he’s finished. Dave and I enjoy the relaxed, informal lunches and the time spent together – Albeit in front of the TV!

TV Lunches {The Ordinary Moments}

TV lunches will often be followed by playing the garden, a trip to the shops or popping over to visit Nanny and Yar-Yar. TV lunches don’t happen often but when they do it is a treat for all of us, an hour of lounging in front of the TV, eating our lunches and enjoying the company of the rest of our family.

Before children Dave and I hardly ever ate any meals at the dining table, all meals would be on our laps with a tray, watching TV. Now though, we always eat at the table – If Dave’s at work the children and I will eat at the dining table. TV lunches are a bit of a flashback for Dave and I, I don’t think the novelty will wear off any time soon!


  • Donna Wishart

    Donna Wishart is married to Dave and they have two children, Athena (12) and Troy (11). They live in Surrey with their two cats, Fred and George. Once a Bank Manager, Donna has been writing about everything from family finance to days out, travel and her favourite recipes since 2012. Donna is happiest either exploring somewhere new, with her camera in her hand and family by her side or snuggled up with a cat on her lap, reading a book and enjoying a nice cup of tea. She firmly believes that tea and cake can fix most things.

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  1. Aww this made me smile. This is an ordinary moment for us too – on ‘Friday film night’ we have tea in the front room (usually pizza!) and it is a bit of a novelty, as the rest of the week we use the dining table. Rosie makes a lot of mess but it soon cleans.
    I liked the photo of your little boy peeping from his high hair!

  2. Always nice to have a TV lunch, and I think it’s nice for kids to know that eating can be a bit more laid-back. My husband and I almost always eat our dinner at the table, and always have done. Sometimes it feels that’s the only time we get to catch up on how each other’s days have been. O loves it now he’s big enough to be able to sit properly and not in his highchair!

  3. I have to admit we end up having tv dinners a lot more than I’d like at the moment. I really want to get on top of it before Little B starts eating solids but it’s just a lot easier right now to do mealtimes in the front room at the little table! Having them as a family treat sounds really lovely, I remember doing that with pizza and Gladiators on a saturday when I was young 🙂

  4. Since having the twins I admit the amount of TV lunches has increased dramtically! Hopefully we’ll get back to normal when the babies are a bit older. It’s nice to have them as a bit of a treat and lovely that LP helps her brother with his too. xx

  5. I always used to eat my lunch on my knee in front of the TV but since Toby came along (and started eating solids too) we have most of our meals at the table. I do enjoy the odd Friday or Saturday night when we put Toby to bed before we have our dinner and have a takeaway in front of the TV.

    I think it’s lovely that LP helps LM with his lunch too – she’s such a good sister!

  6. Lovely photos! I used to worry about setting a bad example if I allowed the occasional TV dinner, but now I’m much more relaxed about it. Sometimes it’s just nice not to worry about manners, cutlery skills, and all the rest of it. As you say, even us adults enjoy it so I don’t see why the kids shouldn’t get to take part once in a while!

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