In today’s typical family (if there is such a thing), every hour of the day is scheduled. When we’re not running from activity to activity, we’re likely to be engaged with our electronic companions: computers, phones, televisions, games and other devices. In school, our children are focused on skills and passing tests. After school, it’s more studying and sports. What often gets left out of the picture is conversation. In less-scheduled decades, families sat down together at meal times and talked. Conversation often stretched into the evening, with families gathering on the porch or in the parlor. But even meal-time togetherness is uncertain today.