One of the easiest places to build a connection between you and your family is the dinner table. You've heard us say it before, and you'll likely hear it said again, the dinner table is such an important place of connection. Many families really do understand that.
Yet we hear from parents that dinner time is the ultimate stress time for the family: getting food on the table and then into bodies who won't sit still and who are so busy poking their siblings with a fork that there is no possibility of connection.
Every child reacts differently to news that a new baby is coming. Some children will be very excited and can’t wait for the baby to come. Other children may be hurt or worried that you’ll no longer have time for them - although they might not be able to tell you that. Your older child may be just learning to share. When a new baby arrives, your older child must learn to share the most important thing to them: your love and attention.
As parents, we have been hearing for years about the many benefits of family dinner. Research shows that children who routinely enjoy meals with their parents have lower rates of substance abuse and depression, a stronger sense of belonging and even a better vocabulary.
Have a hitting toddler, a mouthy grade-schooler or a defiant teen? Time for some loving discipline. But take note: modern kids require a new brand of parental guidance.
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