Eat together. 

Have at least one meal with all family members present once a week. Though simple, maintaining weekly meals can be a challenge for children of different ages and working parents. Eat as many meals together as possible. Know that family meals can be entirely casual.

Don’t feel as though a family meal must be formal or special. Emphasize the fact that you’re eating together, and that that’s what matters. Alternate types of food at home or try a new spot if you’re going out.

Have a back-up plan. Don’t expect every family meal to go perfectly. When multiple people are involved, or you are depending on scenarios outside of your control, understand that time spent with family members may not go exactly as planned. Make light of unexpected hiccups in plans, and recall that the point of spending time together is the time together, not the plan.

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