Coye Law February 2018

Your Dinner Table Might Be the Key to a Happier Family

months and we would all have dinner together once I got home from the office.

after all, so call in the kids! Make sure their tasks are age-appropriate — leave sautéing vegetables to the high schooler and let your first-grader set out the cups instead. This is the perfect opportunity to teach kids valuable kitchen skills and to take some of the burden off your plate. Plus, if your kids are picky eaters, inviting them to be part of the cooking process can make them more inclined to try the finished product. Don’t Stress Yourself Out It’s okay if you’re too busy on a Monday to cook dinner. There’s always Tuesday. Or, you can take a trip to your favorite family restaurant. Family meals should be fun, and that can’t happen if you’re stressed. Don’t feel pressured to make each meal perfect or to prepare a three-course dinner every night. Chicken and rice can get the job done as long as you’re all sitting around the table as a family. No matter how hectic your schedule may be, making family meals a priority is always worth the investment. Who’s in the mood for meatloaf?

As my kids grew older, we would eat dinner while watching the news together. I would ask my kids questions about the day’s events to see if they had a well-formed opinion.

Even when schedules are busy, you can make family dinners fit into your agenda with these tips.

Be Flexible About Mealtimes Dinner doesn’t have to be at 6 p.m. on the dot. If Kamala has a karate tournament in the evening or Peter needs to stay late at school for art club, why not break out the healthy snacks and make dinner happen a little later or earlier? Plus, the meal you share as a family doesn’t have to be at dinnertime. If there’s time in the mornings, sit down for breakfast. If you have the opportunity on weekends or during a school break, grab lunch together. Call All Hands on Deck Mom or Dad shouldn’t be expected to cook by themselves for every meal. This is family time,

The family dinner is a staple of years gone by. These days, the only time you see a family sit together and break bread seems to be at Thanksgiving. This is a shame, because regular family dinners are incredibly important. Growing up on a dairy farm, my dad always took a break from working in the barn so that we could all have supper together. Fast forward some years and my family still continues the tradition. When my children were younger, my parents would visit us in Florida during New York’s harsh winter

When Medicine and Law Intersect


One of the things that separates Coye Law from other firms is our commitment to understanding the details of our clients’ medical situations. Not only are these concerns crucial to a client’s overall well-being, but they also play a major factor in

cases. The medical process is just as complicated as the legal one, and the two often intersect. When that happens, it’s important to know how to best pursue a course of treatment that won’t hamper your legal case. At some point in our lives, we’ve all been told to suck it up. While this persistence is an admirable trait, it has no place in recovering from an injury. The insurance companies aren’t going to give you a pat on the back for being tough. Instead, they’ll use it against you and challenge the veracity of your injuries. The earlier you are examined in the aftermath of an injury, the better. Documentation of injuries is some of the strongest evidence you can present. Treating an injury often requires seeing multiple specialists. Finding the best doctor for your needs isn’t easy, even before you consider how you’re going to pay for medical care. The primary concern should always be making sure you get the best

possible care, but you also need to consider how willing a doctor will be to participate in your case.

We’ve met plenty of doctors over the years who want no part of the legal process. Some will even have patients sign a statement acknowledging they are aware their doctor will not provide testimony. Patients often don’t realize the severity of this request and end up unwittingly hampering their own case. While medical records are crucial for any case, testimony is what brings those records to life. A doctor willing to take the stand is a huge asset and one you shouldn’t be willing to forgo. As with all aspects of a case, selecting the appropriate medical care requires thought, conversation, and discernment. We’re always happy to help our clients discover the best solution for them. Recovery shouldn’t have to come at the expense of getting what you deserve.


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