I am very close to all three of my sons, and they know they can ask me anything they want, whenever they want. A few weeks ago, they took me up on it. We discussed my journey as a safety professional, what it was like to grow up abroad, my biggest hopes for their future -- and even my worst Christmas present.
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Like many families, my husband, sons and I often have engaging conversations while we're sitting at the dinner table. Something about that environment naturally lends itself to conversation. Sometimes we just share details from our days, or my kids tell me what they learned at school. But sometimes we have our most thought-provoking talks while putting forks to plates.