Table Talk comes out February 12th! But we couldn't wait that  long to do a Giveaway! Enter below to receive an advanced copy of Table Talk. We'll announce a winner next Saturday morning. 

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We're so excited to announce our Table Talk blog tour happening in the month of February.
Here's a link to our blog tour CALENDAR. Thank you so much to the many book reviewers that have been so willing and gracious.
They are M&Ms, I promise.
What would you do if you found out your closest friend was using drugs?

 “Kids who learn a lot about the risks of drugs from their parents are 50% less likely to use drugs.”
—The Partnership at

It is never too soon to start talking to your children about drugs and tobacco use. It might suprise you how much your elementary-aged children already know. Make sure they know the facts. Help them to come up with responses to the offer of drugs and then role play with them to give them practice.

In light of current events, Lance Armstrong's confession can work as a conversation starter on the subject of substance abuse and well as integrity, peer pressure, bullying and even redemption, as this Mommy Minute article suggests.
He enjoys his freedom of speech!
# 185: Which civil right are you most grateful for?        
           a. Freedom of speech and press

           b. Freedom to worship according to your own
           c. Freedom to bear arms
           d. Other. 

            Why are you grateful for this right?

“The Framers of the Bill of Rights did not purport to ‘create’ rights. Rather, they designed the Bill of Rights to prohibit our Government from infringing rights and liberties presumed to be preexisting.”    
                                                  —William J. Brennan, US Supreme Court Justice

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, here are a few ideas to use with your family:

Watch Martin Luther King's I Have a Dream Speech as a family.

Do you have a dream for our nation? For the world? For your family? Write your own I Have a Dream Speech. Click here for a writing prompt page. Or here for another cute printable page.

"Did you know Martin Luther King Day has morphed into an official “Day of Service?” If you check the website,, you’ll see that they suggest
“Making it a Day  On, Not a Day Off.”  Find some ideas for service on the SchoolFamily website:

Or get out an enjoy one of the National Parks for free.

Here's Question #155: Which U.S. President do you think has done the most for our country? 

Which has hurt our country the most?

“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”
                             -Lord Acton, British Historian 

 "A president's hardest task is not to do what is right, but to know what is right."
                                                                                         -Lyndon B. Johnson

"With me it is exceptionally true that the Presidency  is no bed of roses." 
                                                                                           -James K. Polk

"To announce that there must be no criticism of the president, or that we are to stand by the president, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public."                                                              -Theodore Roosevelt

Question #121: “My all-time favorite teacher was ___________.”

Why did you like that teacher so much?

I think mine was Mrs. Shultz. She made me realize that a girl who loves math is something to be proud of and challenged me to always strive for the top. Several years later, I was her secret Santa and I'm pretty sure she had no idea who it was....because I never told her. I should have.

 “The dream begins with a teacher who believes in you, who tugs and pushes and leads you to the next plateau, sometimes poking you with a sharp stick called ‘truth.’” —Dan Rather, American journalist

“One good teacher in a lifetime may sometimes change a delinquent into a solid citizen.”— Philip Wylie

“When you teach your son, you teach your son’s son.” —The Talmud

It's a silly picture but a serious question.

#75. What advice would you give to someone being picked on at school?

What would you do if some kids were picking on someone else at school?
“Bullies are always cowards at heart and may be credited with a pretty safe instinct in scenting their prey.”   —Anna Julia Cooper, African-American author and scholar

 “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”   —Martin Luther King, Jr., civil rights leader and preacher

This boy know the answer to this question.

Visit our Preview Questions page to...well...preview the first few questions and quotes!
Question #128: What do you think has been the most significant invention that has happened in your lifetime?

What do you think is the most significant invention ever?

 What is one modern invention that you feel you could not live without?

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk.” —Thomas Edison, American inventor

“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” —Alan Kay, American computer scientist

How do you know if you can trust someone?

How long does it take before you generally trust someone?

 “You may be deceived if you trust too much, but you will live in torment unless you trust enough.” 
 — Frank Crane, American actor and director