Focus on Family: New Habit For The New School Year

Each new school year brings with it a fresh start for you and your family.  I would like you to consider a habit that will have a positive effect on your child’s success; eat dinner as a family most nights of the week.  This simple act of sharing a meal brings countless rewards for children.  It builds relationships within your family and builds your child’s self-esteem. These two ingredients make for a child who is successful academically, socially, and physically.

Several strategies will make these family dinners a success.  Keep the TV off. Invite, but don’t require, each person to talk.  Listen without interrupting.  Don’t make mealtime a time for lecturing.  It is a time for family members to talk about their day or what’s on their mind.  You’ll send a clear message that your child is important and deserves to be heard.  This sharing and listening develops stronger relationships and helps develop your child’s self-esteem.

Your reaction to this new habit might be: “We can’t because our kids are running in different directions every night”.  If so, your children may be overscheduled.  Consider cutting back by only enrolling each child in one extra-curricular activity each season.  Sounds harsh?  Remember: a strong bond to family will lay the foundation for success in school, sports, and life.  This bond will prepare a child for adulthood more so than time invested in activities.

Sharing meals on a regular basis is a fun way to help your child be successful in school and in life.  Start off the school year by putting family time first.

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