[Another Perhaps-more-helpful-for-large-families tip]

I have a little ritual I do at family meal times, right before I pray. I say, “Love, Joy, Peace”. This is my indicator that I’m about to pray (or ask someone else to) and that all talking (and other activity) should stop.

It works. When they hear those words, it becomes quiet fairly quickly. At least for those few moments. And then, after I say “Amen”, it goes back to the general din of family chatter.

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