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Did Punxsutawney Phil See His Shadow? The Dish on Today's Hottest Happenings

There’s a whole slew of great events happening in our world today, and dinner is theperfect time to bring up some of these fun, fascinating, and important topics with your family.  Whether you’re talking about Punxsutawney Phil emerging from his burrow and declaring an early spring (yay! that wily little guy didn’t see his shadow this year!) or you discuss the harsh weather conditions hitting many states in the U.S., there is no better time than mealtime to introduce cultural awareness to your children.  From silly to serious, here are a few current event conversations you can start tonight with your children.

DINNERTIME CHAT: GROUNDHOG DAY 2011

This morning, the famous groundhog Punxsutawney Phil didn’t see his shadow, which folklore says will bring us an early spring.  Do you think we can really depend on a groundhog to predict our weather? Why or why not?  If spring weather does come early, what should we do to take advantage of the nice weather?

LET’S TALK: BLIZZARD LIKE WEATHER ACROSS THE U.S.

More than 1/3 of the United States was hit last night and today with a massive blizzard, and freezing temperatures.  What can our family do to be prepared for unexpected events and weather? What can our family do to help people who don’t have a warm, safe home when bad weather hits?

CURRENT EVENT: CLASHES BREAK OUT IN CAIRO SQUARE

In Egypt, big groups of people are fighting because they want a new president for their government.  If there was something you didn’t like about our government, how could you peacefully resolve it?

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