When I was growing up, dinnertime was special. We sat around the table as a family, told stories and shared the highlights of our day. On some of the busiest days, I remember, that time at the table was the only time we had together as a family.
Back then, the only things we had to compete for at dinnertime were the salt-and-pepper shakers, and the leftovers. But now, as every parent knows, we have to compete for our child's attention. And that's no easy task. We're constantly nagging, "Turn off the TV. Hit pause on that video game. Please, put down your phone."
It's one of the challenges I've faced with my own son, Ian. Monday through Friday, I'm rushing back and forth between my studio and home. I'm writing scripts, conducting interviews, recording audio and fine-tuning The Kim Komando Show. And while I've always made an effort to have dinner as a family, I have to admit that sometimes "family dinner" has consisted of ordering takeout, watching a show on Netflix and competing for the remote.
But recently, I discovered a way to change that. Before the holidays, I was approached by a representative of Plated.com regarding the possibility of becoming a sponsor. You've probably heard of monthly subscription boxes, like BarkBox for your pets, Birchbox for your beauty supplies, and Bulu Box for your vitamins and fitness products. But, did you know there was a similar service that sends you ingredients for delicious meals each week?
I didn't know this until I learned about Plated. So, at first, I was hesitant. Before partnering with any company and recommending them to my audience, I make sure that it's reputable and offers high-quality products. So, I was thrilled that I was given the opportunity to try a sample of its service.