We are family!
Oh how I savor August! There is still time to squeeze in more summer fun, yet the hint of a schedule is on the horizon. Believe me, I love the sunny days of summer filled with the perfect combination of downtime and outdoor activities. Nevertheless, with an active family to manage, I look forward to the somewhat predictable routine of fall. One of the things I look forward to most is more family dinners. We try to eat as a family in the summer; however, it tends to be a bit more challenging to get all six of us around a table. While doing research on fostering healthy relationships with children, imagine my excitement when I came across the book "The Family Dinner" which concentrates on "great ways to connect with your kids, one meal at a time". This book is packed with useful information from conversation starters that will make any table full of laughter and intrigue to delicious and uncomplicated recipes. Author Laurie David summarizes that numerous studies found "family meals have more to do with adolescents' self-esteem, confidence, and other positive outcomes than do income levels, after-school activities, family structure (one parent or two), or regular attendance at church". Keep in mind that family dinners do not have to be full sit down meals involving every family member. Some may be quick meals at the kitchen island connecting before everyone goes off in his/her direction. Discover what works for you and your family and cherish the memories in the making!
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Hi, I'm Carolyn, a health coach, clinical counselor and mother of four. I believe healthy living starts with the individual, which creates a ripple effect for others.