Growing up, my family always had a “Red Plate” to recognize a member of our family for a special accomplishment. It was always just another way to celebrate our time together at the dinner table. Now as a parent with small children, we have continued the tradition. By focusing on the simple joys of life, we have found our nightly dinners at the table to be the cornerstone of our family, which none of us take for granted.

Having the privilege to eat off of the “Red Plate” serves not only as a motivator for our children to do good in school. Sometimes maybe too good, since it also serves as a source of sibling rivalry when they both do well (we haven’t bought a 2nd “Red Plate” yet).

FROM: DAS, Jacksonville, FL

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