I can handle my kids just fine when they’re not around. The feeling is mutual I’m sure since most of what I say is warm fatherly stuff like Turn that off and Clean this up and GARBAGE goes in the #$%* GARBAGE CAN!
What passes for dinner conversation in our house is mostly about past or future stuff. (It’s hard to polish the present with nostalgia or hope.) And a lot of that largely revolves around traveling, our only strong event in the never-ending Family Olympics.
In December 2019 our conversations were particularly lively; for the first time in three years we’d be flying to New Jersey for Christmas. My wife loves going to my mom’s house and ravaging her nuclear holocaust supply of canned soup. My kids love Grandma’s house for the cable TV, the pool table and the pinball machine.
Three kids with three diversions to share. They fight over all of it the entire time we’re there.