By Christine V. Hides

“Sharing a family meal is good for the spirit, the brain and the health of all family members.”

Scheduling family dinners together as children get older and more involved in activities is a challenge worth taking on. The table is where we take a rest from our busy schedules, reconnect with one another, and nourish our bodies and souls. Starting dinner with a prayer connects us with God, centers us in gratitude for our basic needs, and often yields rich conversations. These favorite dinner prayers are simple enough for young children to learn. As children get older consider inviting everyone to share their highs and lows then end with a prayer recited together.