Have you ever given any thought to the benefits of having dinner with your children? In our society today our children are over inundated with things they see, hear and are invited to participate in. The pressure from their peers can sometimes be overwhelming to the point that they no longer know what is acceptable and what is not. The boundary lines of right and wrong, which at one time were clearly marked by parental involvement, have become so blurred that one can barely recognize them.
It is extremely difficult for children to navigate on their own through this entangled maze of unyielding and continuous peer pressure. So how do we help our kids? Parental pressure has to be greater than peer pressure. I’m not talking about sitting your child down and interrogating, intimidating or threatening them. Simply have dinner with them. Be present in their world, whether they want you there or not. It is at the dinner table that engaging conversation takes place.