Dinner Table Conversations


Dinner table conversations: here is a list of articles we think your family may enjoy reading and discussing around the dinner table. A graphic is attached to each story with questions that can facilitate a thoughtful family conversation. Bon appetit.

Fixing education: Is it possible we're asking the wrong questions?

At a time when the journalism and education communities are generally celebrating the new book “The Smartest Kids in the World,” one author dares to... Read more »

Aug. 30, 2013


'Karate Kid,' high heels and hidden influences on your buying

A new study from BYU illustrates how hidden influences can affect buying behavior — and not always in the best way. Read more »

Aug. 30, 2013


Media reactions to Miley Cyrus' MTV performance 'veered between disgust and sadness'

In her raunchy appearance at the MTV Video Music Awards, the 20-year-old Cyrus elicited media reactions that “veered between disgust and sadness.” Read more »

Aug. 26, 2013


Mom of 2 stands up against 'soft porn' trailer on ABC

Rebeca Seitz was enjoying a pastry and cereal with her 8-year-old son one morning last week while watching ABC's "Good Morning America" when she was suddenly shocked... Read more »

Aug. 19, 2013


How technology can erode a family's foundation

In “The Big Disconnect,” Harvard psychiatrist Catherine Steiner-Adair draws on decades of field experience to assess how tech gadgets are subtly reshaping... Read more »

Aug. 16, 2013


Red-band trailers: Why parents should know what they are, and how easy they are to access

Are your kids watching red-band movie trailers online? Maybe. But chances are, you've never heard of them. Read more »

Aug. 16, 2013


Do we really want cartoons telling our kids they can do anything?

The freelance writer Luke Epplin provocatively pits the Über-uplifting messages of new films “Turbo” and “Planes” against the time-tested... Read more »

Aug. 13, 2013


Study challenges 'hookup culture' view of college life

A study from the University of Oregon questions the perception that "hookups" play a greater role in college life than in the past. Researchers said the perception... Read more »

Aug. 12, 2013


Consistency, boundaries key to healthy child development

The Trenton and Camilla Hyde family of Syracuse knows routine is important, consistency tames chaos and setting boundaries begets strong relationships and good behavior. Read more »

Aug. 10, 2013


Radical life extension: What would you think of living to 120 and beyond, survey asks

If you could slow, stop or reverse the aging process, would you welcome it? Pew Research Center has been asking Americans, who are largely ambivalent and skeptical,... Read more »

Aug. 6, 2013


Can you live on that? Fast food targeted by minimum wage protests

As fast-food strikes roll across the country, calls for goosing the minimum wage grow. But experts disagree as to whether making entry-level jobs more costly for... Read more »

Aug. 2, 2013


Boys, girls may be equal perpetrators of teen dating abuse

Teen girls may be just as likely to abuse their partners as their male peers, according to new data released at a meeting of the American Psychological Association. Read more »

July 31, 2013


Why I'm staying: replying to CNN's 'Why millennials are leaving the church'

I think that the Mormon institution solves many of the problems that other millennials experience when attending church. Read more »

July 30, 2013


Average Americans working less than their parents did

On average, Americans are working fewer hours and have more leisure time than their parents did in the 1960s. Read more »

July 29, 2013

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Is Ritalin hurting your kids' grades?

ADHD medications have been shown to both improve focus and lower students grades. This article examines these seemingly contradictory findings. Read more »

July 28, 2013


A pedestal too high: Is marriage too good for people?

While many people say they admire marriage and aspire to be married, the trends show otherwise. Can it be that people are expecting the wrong things from marriage? Read more »

July 20, 2013


Doctors want you to do your family history

Doctors say one of the most important things to leave your kids is your family history — your family's medical history, that is. Read more »

July 18, 2013


Things to avoid: Don't buy these dumb things for your college student

Going to college doesn't have to break the bank if people will avoid these dumb things to buy for college students. Read more »

July 15, 2013


Wake up and smell the sexting, parents

Technology blinds us to danger, a danger of kids growing up a little fast, knowing more than they should at a young age, and exchanging inappropriate information for... Read more »

July 15, 2013


Death of a pal: Navigating the loss of a beloved animal

The death of a pet is an emotionally powerful event in the life of a child. It's also a learning experience that can help frame relationships, beliefs and the power of... Read more »

July 13, 2013


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