Last night I invited Dr. Joseph Mallet, child psychologist, to come and speak about positive discipline. He began his lecture with encouraging parents to sit down to dinner as a family every day. A simple routine that today with over scheduling, over working, over stimulation is sometimes lost.
Dinner time is a wonderful opportunity to expose children to new vocabulary, get sparks of interest on different topics and get their feedback on things that they are interested in and would like to explore further.
Those few minutes a day are an optimal time to build upon skills such as rational thinking, comprehension and cause and effect.
Some food for thought!