09/09/2011 12:28 pm ET Updated Nov 09, 2011

What Makes A Hero? A Family Dinner Table Talk

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

As the 10th anniversary of September 11th approaches, we remember the tragedy and mourn those who we lost, but we also honor the heroes -- firefighters, police officers and brave citizens risked their lives in remarkable ways. Our country will be forever grateful for their courage and strength.

A hero, however, doesn't have to be someone who steps up in an extraordinary circumstances. He or she can be a peer who calls out a bully, a mentor who spends time helping a child with her homework, the, ahem, parent who packs yummy wholesome snacks for lunch and drives to soccer practice (plus away games) every weekend.

So, for tonight’s family dinner table talk, let's talk about what it means to be a hero. A few questions to get started:

  • Who are your heros? Why?
  • What qualities make someone heroic?
  • How can you thank someone for being heroic?
  • When have you felt most courageous?
  • How will you make a difference in someone else's life this week? This month?

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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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