Being a social person who interacts amicably with others, and listens and talks with family and friends regularly will help you take an accepting attitude toward change. Understanding other points of view and honoring the differences between views is very important in overcoming your fixed habits and prejudices. While my husband and I were raising our children, we had weekly gatherings with friends and often participated in potlucks where everyone brought a dish. Having our children at these gatherings eliminated our babysitting costs, allowing us to socialize in the only way that fit our budget at that time. There were all sorts of practical benefits from this kind of socializing: the adults shared ideas on how to raise children, on schools, on what clothes and books to buy them, and so on. But the most important benefit of these gatherings was that it exposed us to all the new interests of our friends and helped our children learn that there were many different attitudes and approaches to family life, work, religion, and creativity. Our children developed open minds in this very natural, old-fashioned, communal way.