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Improving Family Dinners

Research on strong family relationships consistently has shown that good family communication is one of the cornerstones of a healthy family life. Few family traditions can be as helpful in providing opportunities for communication as family meals. Regular conversation in a natural setting helps family members learn the give-and-take of effective communication. Some of the communication benefits associated with family meals are:

  • A regular time to meet each day and talk with each other about thoughts and feelings
  • An opportunity to learn how to ask and respond to questions
  • A chance to share stories and ideas from each family member’s experiences
  • A time to practice manners, listening and taking turns in conversation