You talk about your day

The title of this blog a regularly quoted Seinfeld line (at least in our house) where Kramer is making is case against marriage. I have to respectfully disagree, especially now that the kids are in on this one.

One thing that we do well in our family, and something I have every intention of maintaining is our habit of eating together everyday. Research has shown that one of the most accurate predictors of “successful rearing” of children is the number of times the family eats dinner together at the table (with the TV off). We don’t actually do it because research tells us to, but, so far, we genuinely enjoy each others company.

We have recently begun having a time at most of our meals where we each have to answer a particular set of two or three questions in a round-robin style. The questions we generally use are similar to these:

  • “What is the best thing that happened to you today?”
  • “What is the worst thing that happened to you today?”
  • “What can [insert name] do for you that would make your day better?”
  • “What do you plan to do tomorrow to help someone in need?”

I learn a great deal about everybody through this, including Lori. I am most often reminded that for all three kids, I can generally make their day better by simply playing with them and it doesn’t matter how.

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