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O School – Is Having Dinner Every Night With Your Partner Necessary? Yes and No.

Dr Forshee spoke to O School the important of having dinner with your partner every night.

“I’ve seen many couples eating meals together distracted by their cell phones,” Concepcion tells O.school. “They’re sitting together, eating in proximity to one another, but aren’t connected and present.” This can be just as harmful as not having a “ritual of connection” at all, Dr. Forshee says.

If sharing a meal with your partner is absolutely out of the question due to different schedules or locations, don’t fret. Dr. Forshee notes that FaceTime and phone calls can be okay substitutes for meeting face-to-face. She recommends partaking in a ritual of connection — either over the phone or in person — at least three to five days per week.

“I have a client who is a physician’s assistant and her husband is an orthopedic surgeon. Their schedules are always out of whack,” Concepcion says. “So they have quality time through exercise, tech-free walks and watching sports whenever they have the same days off.” Both Dr. Forshee and Concepcion agree that making time to bond is what’s most important — be it over a meal or while taking a walk.

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