The Importance of Dinner Conversation

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Radio show update: Today we wrapped up the communication topic on my radio series, discussing some of the times, places and methods of talking with your kids. Dinner time as a family can be a wonderful time for everyone to share about their day, or anything else they might want to talk about. It can be a time to get to know some things about them that you usually don’t take the time to discuss. On the other hand, it is NOT time to grill them, chastise them or bark orders.

Here is some advice of how to make dinner time the focus of your attention: Turn off the TV, and all other electronic distractions; don’t answer any phones; ban cell phones, etc. from the table; have everyone seated at the table—no one gets to take a plate into their own room or sit in front of the TV or computer. Give each child (and parent, too) their own opportunity to speak; the others need to wait their turn. Make family time truly family time.

Top 5 Tips of the Week:

  1. Any place can create an opportunity to talk with your kids.
  2. Make it fun—not every conversation has to be serious or teaching a lesson.
  3. Find out something new about each of your kids everyday.
  4. Use your power of observation to respond to your kids’ reactions, in order to keep the conversation going.
  5. Show your kids you love them—through your words and your actions.

Enjoy your kids…one conversation at a time!

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