TODAY | September 18, 2013
>> when you eat dinner together it leads to better grades, stronger relationships. overall, good mental health . do you do that?
>> how long should family dinner be?
>> half an hour.
>> are you counting the microwaving time?
>> no, the actually sitting around time?
>> about 30 or 40 minutes.
>> a half hour.
>> one family said it can be as little as 8 minutes which i think is too little. how can you make the most of your family dinner? you turn off the tv and the phones. serve sources as though you were in a restaurant. that stretches the time-out and parents say small, fun dishes can get the conversation going. get the kids to help with the dinner and avoid school and grades.
>> that's what we always talked about, what did you learn at school today?
>> when kids get to be a certain age, especially boys.
>> they go silent.
>> radio silence on that.
>> what's the best part of your day.
>> we used to play who stole the cookie from the cookie jar . is that just -- do you remember that?
>> at dinner.
>> after dinner.
>> did you sing 99 bottles of beer .
>> no, that was later. we