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By Jo Ann Wentzel
Mealtimes should be pleasant in order to assure good digestion, but
When families do not talk at the dinner table as I have been told is custom
The priority of sharing mealtimes should be a closer more open relationship.
This is the time to listen to new names, places, and activities that your
The most important part of mealtimes should be developing a closer bond
Jo Ann Wentzel
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A little bit about Jo Ann:
Former foster parent and day-care mom, Independent Living Program director for teens, Guardian- Ad- Litem and State Mediator for the courts, I have worked with youth for over 30 years. Now I use my writing and training services to teach parents and share my experiences. My husband Dan and I run Parenting Consultation Services which offers in-home family services locally and training nationwide.
"Big people monopolize the listening. Small people monopolize the talking."
"Seest thou a man that is hasty in his words? There is more hope of a fool than of him." --Proverbs 29:20
"You won't get to see the big dipper, if you are afraid of the dark."
"The best time for you to hold your tongue is the time you feel you must say something or bust."
We have met the enemy, and "they" is "us."
"The good writer develops his own voice, her own voice. You just can't do that if you don't listen to yourself. And the best way to listen to yourself is to read to yourself -- out loud. Listen for the cadence -- or the discordance. Listen for the beat -- and the offbeat. Listen for the rhyme and the reason. Sometimes, you'll hear the jarring word, the awkward phrase -- the word that looked just fine but sounded junky, the phrase that typed nice but sounded clunky. So, talk." --Michael Gartner
"What do you do when you see an endangered animal eating an endangered plant?"
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