Importance of family dinners

Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on how family dinners are important and can be used as learning experiences for your kids
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Importance of family dinners

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You can use family dinners as a teaching tool, in a very specific way. We are living in a world today where we have 2 income families, and families barely have a chance to sit at the table with each other. So if we designate, at least, just one night a week to sit down at the table, to put linens at the table, maybe light a little candle at the table, have a little centerpiece and put down real dishes, real glassware and silverware and encourage the family to even dress for dinner; then that is really creating a dining experience. And it's a wonderful place for the family to not only exemplify good table manners, but also to practice polite conversation.

Lisa Gache, Manners & Etiquette Expert, shares advice for parents on how family dinners are important and can be used as learning experiences for your kids

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Lisa Gache

Manners & Etiquette Expert

Lisa Gaché is the foremost etiquette, manners and life skills expert for children from the parenting perspective. The Los Angeles Times named her company, Beverly Hills Manners, the etiquette school to "teach your kids to be polite." Her straightforward and doable advice has been featured on CNN, NPR, KTLA and “The Today Show” and in popular publications from USA Today and the New York Post to Woman’s Day magazine. Her contributions to blogs and websites range from the Los Angeles Times, AOL and The Huffington Post to SheKnows.com and MomLogic.com, as well as numerous parenting websites including ParentsAsk, Momversation, New Parent and Buttoned Up. Lisa has been a guest expert on a number of reality shows including “Charm School” on VH1, “Living with Ed” for the Discovery Channel and the soon to be aired “Mrs. Anka’s New PA”.  

In the fall of 2009, after almost eight years of working in her field, Lisa furthered her education by enrolling in The Protocol School of Washington, the first and only nationally accredited school to meet the high standards set by the ACCET and the US Department of Education. She received her certification as a Corporate Etiquette and International Protocol Consultant. 

Gaché is currently writing her debut book—the first fun and humorous parenting guide on manners for kids and teens. Her first manners App was released in early 2011 for both the iPhone and the Android. Lisa is a native New Yorker who was raised in Beverly Hills. She graduated from Sarah Lawrence College in New York and currently resides in Beverly Hills with her entertainment attorney husband and two young daughters.

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