American Culture Dinner Talk Series Honors National Family Day with Book of Epic Stories

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The American Culture Dinner Talk Series honors National Family Dinner Day. Christine Davidson, author of the popular blog, “1American Culture Dinner Talk Series”, presents Epic Stories for Character Education, a collection of inspirational stories for parents to share at dinner with teens and college students.

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The American Culture Dinner Talk Series honors National Family Dinner Day. Christine Davidson, author of the popular blog, “1American Culture Dinner Talk Series”, presents Epic Stories for Character Education, a collection of inspirational stories for parents to share at dinner with teens and college students.

Just released in time for National Family Day on September 27, 2010, Epic Stories for Character Education, an illustrated collection of non-doctrinal inspirational stories, provides heroic role models from the Bible, Book of Mormon, and classic literature, for parents to share with their families and strengthen family bonds at home in a comfortable “dinner talk” setting.

Studies show that children who eat with their families abuse drugs less, are more healthy, and do better in school. The simple, time-tested tradition of regular family meals makes a difference, contributing to stress management and stress relief for the entire family. Struggling teens, and even college students, find stability in loving interaction at regular family meals and the consistent transfer of traditional family values.

But when the TV is turned off, and the family actually sits down to dinner, parents are looking for edifying dinner topics. Epic Stories provide heroic role models and teach good character without preaching. Epic Stories for Character Education provides dinner themes for each week of the year. For additional support, now available is the highly popular blog, “1American Culture Dinner Talk Series”, with fresh dinner topics every week day. The character education support Web site, epicworld.net, celebrates an eight-year web presence that has become known worldwide for parables, character education workshops, and articles on the family.

The Center for Addiction and Substance Abuse (CASA), sponsor of National Family Day, has this to say about family meals.

Family Day - A Day to Eat Dinner with Your ChildrenTM is a national movement to inform parents that the parental engagement fostered during frequent family dinners is an effective tool to help keep America’s kids substance free. Family Day reminds parents that Dinner Makes A Difference!

Epic Stories for Character Education begins with a brief historical background for parents on traditional American culture and heritage. The next section contains illustrated stories about epic heroes from scriptural history and classic literature. Rather than read the book from cover-to-cover in a few days, it is best when the epic stories are read in the sequence of five steps shown in the “Epic Heroes in Training” Section. The short stories are presented as steps in an “epic journey”; the final destination is reached when, over time, the readers “discover the epic hero within” themselves. The third section includes Character Education concepts—ideas for “dinner talk” and character-building activities. The 65 epic stories provide a dinner theme for each week for more than a year. Parents can refer to and adapt the Character Education concepts that correspond to each chapter, and supplement with the Daily Dinner Talk Topics on the blog.

Epic Stories for Character Education is available at Amazon. More information at the Epic World Web site.

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