Do's and don'ts of quality family meal time

Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to have a quality family meal together each night so that everyone can share and connect together
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Do's and don'ts of quality family meal time

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You know, sometimes sitting down to a meal together seems like an absolute miracle. There is a study that was done by Tufts University that found that eighty percent of families thought that it was a good idea to have a regular family meal time and yet less than fifty percent of families do share a regular meal time. So when you are sharing regular meal time, you want to make it quality. Avoid conflicts. Especially avoid conflicts around food. Find another time of day to deal with those charged issues and make sure that there's time during the meal for everyone to have some air time; some time that they can share about their day and their experiences.
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Melissa Johnson, PhD Psychologist, shares advice for parents on how to have a quality family meal together each night so that everyone can share and connect together

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Melissa Johnson, PhD

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Melissa J. Johnson, PhD, licensed psychologist, is the founder and CEO of the Institute for Girl’s Development in Pasadena, CA. An expert in child and teen development, Dr, Johnson holds a master's degree in Education and a Doctorate in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Johnson has worked with children and teens for over 30 years. At the Institute. Dr. Johnson and her team deliver strength-based therapy, inspiring education programs and consultation with schools and districts to help create positive school climates. Dr. Johnson's approach to raising and mentoring youth draws together contemporary research in neuroscience and mind/body health, and evidence based interventions in mindfulness and social and emotional intelligence.

Dr. Johnson was recognized by the State of California with an Outstanding Women in Business award winner in 2011. Dr. Johnson is a former Interim Chair of the Maters Programs in counseling at the University of La Verne and has served as an adjunct faculty member at both the University of La Verve and the University of Southern California. Dr. Jonson is a welcomed local and national speaker. Her peer-reviewed publications have appeared in the Journal of Humanistic Psychology and Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. Her numerous articles about raising strong girls have appeared in community online blogs and newsletters.

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