07/22/2011 05:00 pm ET Updated Sep 21, 2011

Conquering Fears: A Family Dinner Table Talk

This week's Family Dinner Table Talk, from HuffPost and The Family Dinner book:

Summer is a great time for trying something new—school is out, office work quiets down and many people use the time to travel or explore new activities. It can be scary to try something new and conquer one's fears, but once accomplished, there can be a world of new possibilities. Maybe you're afraid of heights, or don't love to swim or are nervous about traveling somewhere for the first time. But, often with risks there are rewards.

What are some of your summer goals? What about goals for the rest of the year? What are some of your fears? How would you conquer them? Why is it important to conquer your fears? How can you help others conquer their fears? What is something you've accomplished this summer? How do you feel after you've accomplish something?

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In her new cookbook, The Family Dinner, Laurie David talks about the importance of families making a ritual of sitting down to dinner together, and how family dinners offer a great opportunity for meaningful discussions about the day's news. "Dinner," she says, "is as much about digestible conversation as it is about delicious food."

We couldn't agree more. So HuffPost has joined with Laurie and every Friday afternoon, just in time for dinner, our editors highlight one of the most compelling news stories of the week -- stories that will spark a lively discussion among the whole family.

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For more tips and recipes, check out The Family Dinner: Great Ways to Connect with Your Kids, One Meal at a Time by Laurie David and Kirstin Uhrenholdt (