I am pretty excited, why you ask? Well because as I was perusing my cabinets which just happen to be stocked to the brim with Ragu sauce (c'mon you know you can NEVER have enough sauce especially if you live here on Staten Island!)and as I began pouring some over my daughter's plate of spaghetti (yes much to my chagrin the daughter now prefers spaghetti over penne-which is just a recipe for disaster-more on that later) I glanced at my blackberry and noticed a new message
(I know BAD table manners on my part) and there was a message that I was chosen to be a part of Ragu's Mom's the word on Dinner Ambassador program. I mean, c'mon how coincidental is that?!
So what is this Ragu's Mom's the word on Dinner initiative? Well, the general consensus among Moms is that dinner is never dullâ€¦sometimes it's chaos and sometimes it's kumbaya, so Ragu created the “Mom's the Word on Dinner” program – to give Moms everywhere the chance to talk about what goes on – or what goes down – around dinnertime. (Over here that's usually me STANDING on my head- praying that my son, will mange to clear at least half his plate- the kid is SO skinny I honestly don't know how his tiny neck supports his head).
And what does that mean for you readers (other than you'll have to put up with me yakking about how much I love a product that I've been using for about 30 years?!) great posts, topics, dinner ideas and you got it right giveaways… think big my friends!
So to kick things off- check out Ragu's Mom's the Word on Dinner
facebook page and join in the conversation– this week's Topic- TABLE MANNERS: What's non-negotiable? Are there things you let slide?
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So you ask what are the tabble manners we hold so dearly at our family dinner table?
NO FEET on the table period.No wiping your dirty hands under the table top (I cannot tell you the melange of crusted stuff I've discovered under the table where my six year old son sits).
NO talking on the phone- and that means no black bery for me either– a policy my 10 year old daughter recently instituted to stop my incessant need to be on my Blackberry. (She's an old soul and she's correct!)
We use lots of napkins- and therefore we're considering getting cloth ones- becasue it's more eco-friendly and I'd also like to get my kids in the habit of putting a napkin on their lap- so that when we go to a restaurant- my son is not using my sleeve to wipe his mouth.
Luckily my 10 year old daughter has always been an adventuorus, try anything kind of eater- whereas my son has been a two bites and I'm done, I don't like ice cream because it's too cold, and my belly hurts just looking at the food kind of eater. Sow while I can't force feed him, part of our dining experience and table manner etiquette is that he MUST remain at the table, seated until his sister finishes her dinner. And every once in a while, perhaps out of boredom, or just plain routine, he'll pop a piece of food that's sitting on his plate in his mouth in the interim. Other than that- aside from no throwing your food, or taking your spaghetti in its Ragu sauce and wrapping it around your head to wear as a bandana (the boy has tried this) we're pretty relaxed- although still tyring to teach both of our kids to eat their spaghetti with a fork and spoon and learn the proper way to twirl it around their fork- that my friends is an artform in and out itself!
So tell me and the Ragu Moms the word on Dinner facebook community where do you stand on the topic?