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Making Dinner Time a Priority

What is my family schedule like? Does it seem like all the family members are going in different directions all the time? How can I make dinner time a priority?

I can’t let my family drift apart because of busy schedules, there’s something on TV or someone calls on the phone. Once I start allowing distractions in, keeping them out becomes much more difficult. Dinner time is one tangible way to take back time as a family, although the commitment also needs to apply beyond the dinner table. I have to set boundaries for “together time” and protect it. And when the kids complain—“Family dinner … Why?”— don’t lose my positive attitude or get drawn into an argument. Just smile and say, “Thanks for being here. I appreciate it.”

Dinner Time Challenge: What’s a question you can ask at the dinner table to engage your family?

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