1. Eat Dinner Together Research shows that families who sit down and eat dinner together reap the benefits. A Harvard study showed that family meals promote overall healthy child development. With everyone always being so busy these days, there’s something special about taking the time to sit, talk, and eat together as a family. That means put away the iPads, iPhones, Leapsters, and other technological devices. Turn off the television. Ask questions: What did you learn in school today? How was work? What was your favorite part of today? Take these precious moments to focus on one another and find out what is happening in each other’s life. 2. Read a Bedtime Story I have a feeling my children’s favorite part of the day is bedtime story hour. Sure they love the stories being read to them by mom or dad, but more than that, it’s that quiet moment when we are physically close together; me in the middle reading, one child on either side. It’s their special time to ask me questions, or tell me secrets. If you have older children, read-aloud moments don’t have to end. Pop in an audio book and sit together on the couch to listen. Or take turns reading books like Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book or Around the World in Eighty Days by Jules Verne. Pause and take time to ask each other questions about the story. What would you do if you were in that situation? Why do you think he did that? What do you think he felt? You might be amazed at how much you learn about your family. So stack up on those library books!