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Make Dinner Time a Special Time

8/1/2011

Ask any teacher how to help your child be successful in school and the answer usually includes a recommendation to "sit down together as a family." Nothing fussy, nothing fancy, simply time spent together, away from the distractions of our increasingly busy lives! Here are some ideas to make that time special:

Alert your family when dinner is 15 minutes away. Use that time for everyone to pitch in and help set the table, pour drinks and toss the salad.

Wait for everyone to be seated and acknowledge gratitude for the meal before starting. Let the kids share their gratitude, too.

Choose family-friendly meals the kids will look forward to, like Chicken Satay with PB Sauce.

Be a role model for the family by not taking calls or texting during dinner. Bring the family, not their phones, to the table!

Be realistic about how long the meal will last, but don't lose sight of how important even those few minutes are to all of you as a family.

Fudgy Peanut Butter Sandwich Cookies or Chocolate Chip Peanut Butter Cookies are a great way to end the meal on a sweet note.

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