"To every home come seasons of special stress when doing everything is too much work. What to be cut out? The continuation of the basic pattern of work, mealtimes, leisure, and sleep will be a key to whether this home and the individuals in it survive the stress.
A regular daily meal (or meals if possible) together is one of the top priorities. So is relaxation and sleep. Even in wartime or when painful disasters hit the family, it is worth a huge effort to keep this basic schedule going. In such circumstances, this health-giving routine and provision helps to keep us from falling apart. We ignore this essential fact at our risk; it is like pulling out the string from the string of beads."
Susan Schaeffer Macaulay, "For the Family's Sake"