Quality of life - for the kids

.This site is here to give us all tips on being happy, healthy and to have quality of life. But it's not just for us. It's for our families and for the everyone around us too. Do you think about how your actions impact your children's quality of life?

A new study suggests that smart-phones at the dinner is impacting the parent-child communication at the table. A communication which is crucial for both parties.

Researchers who observed more than 50 family-type groups eating out found a significant number of adults were preoccupied with their smartphones. This doesn't surprise me. We (my family) don't have any phones at the dinner table at home, but when we go out to dinner it's often right after work and my husband and I are stuck answering work emails. Instead we should be having conversations with our children.

Also, starting a conversation with children is tricky. Even trickier to get an answer that is more than just a “yes” or “no”. When I ask my kids how their day was I always just get a "good".

Here are some questions that can help you get the conversation started:

• What was the best thing about your day? • What was the worst thing about your day? • Describe your perfect day. • If you could change one thing in the world what would you change? • What is the most important thing in your life? • What is your favorite movie of all time? Why? • What is your favorite book of all time? Why? • What cartoon character would you most like to be? Why? • What is the hardest thing about being _____ years old? • What is the best thing about being ______ years old? • Who is your best friend? Why are they your best friend? • Who would you most like to meet? And why? • In what other country would you most like to live? • Are you looking forward to the next school year? • What's the hardest part about going to school? • What embarrasses you the most? • If you could take a family vacation any place in the world, where would you go? • Do you think it's more important to be rich or kind? • If you had three wishes, what would they be? (You can't wish for money or another wish!) • If you were the parent, what lesson would you like to help your mom and dad learn? • Do you know how much your family loves you? How can you tell?

I'm taking my 4-year old son out for a date to Panera (his favorite place) tonight (only fair if his sister gets to go to a Girl Scout tea party. And no I won't eat any bread!), and I'm so going to use these questions.

Read more about the study here.

Have a great Friday!