Talking to each other is an important part of meal time. If the family likes to have the radio or a favorite TV show on, turn it off before you sit down to eat and make it a conversation starter. Avoid other distractions such as phones, newspaper and video games.
Have a family agreement that the conversation will stay positive, polite and respectful. Discuss the day’s ups and downs, but don’t argue over chores or homework. This is a time to relax and reconnect.