By Gretchen Roberts
Talk around the table is just as important as the food. "The main course at our family dinners is gratitude," says life coach Erika Oliver. "We each share three good things about our day, which shifts our focus to what is 'good' and bonds our family together for that day and a lifetime."
Kelly and Bill Cox of College Station, Texas, go around the table with their daughter, Catelyn, and say the best and worst parts of their days, which creates interesting teaching opportunities. "We've had some good conversations about not always doing what your friends are doing, and why it's important to treat others how you want them to treat you," Kelly says.