At night, when Scott and I take the children to bed, we ask each one of them what their favorite thing was that day, and almost every day, each of them will mention dinner. And even though I'm sure the food is part of the reason why, I think an even bigger reason is because it's a time for the entire family to be sitting around the table together, visiting. Now, that being said, when there are 7 people around the table, all eager to talk and share their experiences from the day along with other stories, it can get pretty loud, and sometimes a child might get upset for being interrupted. Scott and I remembered listening to a 'sharing gospel principles' interview where one father talked about having a spoon or spatula, that when held, gave that person the floor. We decided to give it a try and we've done it all week and so far, so good! The kids pull out a wooden spoon as we're setting the table for dinner and put it in the middle of the table and once we've blessed the food and we've started serving, someone will get the spoon and tell us their news and then we'll pass it along so everyone gets a turn to talk without interruptions.