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Dinnertime Storytelling Makes Kids Voracious Readers

The Conversation US | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
The Conversation US

Here are some of the connections I researched while working on my book, Home for Dinner. And remember, none of these requires a gourmet meal or a trip to the bookstore. Library books and a takeout pizza are just as good.

Convenience or Health -- Which Do You Serve for Dinner?

Mia Moran | Posted 09.14.2015 | Parents
Mia Moran

Our surroundings are stacked against us. After school activities go late. Bosses don't always let us go home at the right time. And we have been programmed to think that macaroni and cheese and chicken fingers are an appropriate dinner for children.

Dear Daughter: Please Stop Cheating On Me

Katherine Wintsch | Posted 09.11.2015 | Parents
Katherine Wintsch

Despite my best efforts to woo you with my dazzling new dinners, you continue to cheat on me and savor healthy food in the home of another mother. And not just any mother; you've chosen Ms. Polly, the mother who lives right next door.

Why We've Commited to Four Family Dinners a Week

Lisa Earle McLeod | Posted 09.01.2015 | Parents
Lisa Earle McLeod

We're hardly perfect. Sometimes it's delivery pizza with no meaningful dialogue at all. Sometimes we've even fought at the table. But measuring ourselves against our purpose has made us more intentional and created a better environment than we would have otherwise.

6 Delicious & Easy Summer Slow Cooker Recipes

Rachel Hollis | Posted 08.14.2015 | Taste
Rachel Hollis

I'm sure you agree, time saving recipes are lifesavers for busy families! That's why I try to streamline dinner as much as possible. Try one of my slo...

Amazing Family Dinner-Time Conversations

Nicole Scobie | Posted 06.17.2015 | Parents
Nicole Scobie

Supper tonight was a family favorite: steaks smothered in tomato and olive sauce served with pasta. After supper, we stay sitting around the table and chat for a while. Which is nice, right? Nice, normal family, chatting about nice, normal things.

8 Ways to Achieve More by Working Less

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 06.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

Strategic slacking has enabled me to dramatically increase both the quality of my work and the amount I get done in a given day. It increases productivity because we don't think or work or create at the same rate throughout the day.

7 Parents' Dinner-Table Rituals That Make The Most Out Of Family Time

Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents

In most homes across America and in nearly every on-screen family, dinner scenes are the same: there’s dysfunction, yelling, spilled milk...or in Ke...

5 Family-Friendly Dinners You Need To Try

Jennifer Segal | Posted 06.01.2015 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

Everyone in my family gave these recipes an enthusiastic thumbs-up.

Today's Busy Families Are Finding Time To Gather Around the Dinner Table

Smart Parents | Posted 05.22.2015 | Education
Smart Parents

Talk to most any parent these days and they will tell you how busy they are. They have schedules that are jam-packed with work, family commitments and, most importantly, parenting responsibilities.

6 Words That Will End Picky Eating

The Mid | Posted 06.28.2015 | Parents
The Mid

This system totally eliminates the power struggle that goes along with "getting kids to eat."

What I Do When the Kids Say 'I Don't Like It' Before Trying a Bite

Charity Curley Mathews | Posted 06.22.2015 | Parents
Charity Curley Mathews

You know how your toddler sometimes screams the loudest before falling fast asleep? I finally figured out that if I can ride out the skepticism, the critiques and complaints for a few minutes at the beginning of a meal, we often arrive exactly where I'd hoped we would.

5 No-Fuss Dinners For Your Busiest Days

Posted 04.20.2015 | OWN

Shortcuts abound in these supereasy dishes that you can make in just minutes. By Lynn Andriani @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {....

12 Ways Parents Can Help Their Kids Succeed At School

Posted 04.27.2015 | Parents

Parents want their children to succeed in life. And for 94 percent of parents polled by the Pew Research Center, prosperity includes going to college....

8 Recipes For Chicken Thighs You Can't Live Without

Posted 03.23.2015 | OWN

We're all about this quick-cooking cut, which is cheaper, tastier and way more versatile than breast meat. By Lynn Andriani @media only ...

Toddler Approved Family Meal Ideas

Kali Kasprzyk | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Kali Kasprzyk

If you are getting stuck in the "Chicken Patty rut," then perhaps you will find my list helpful. Please comment with other dishes your kiddos enjoy! I try to keep dishes simple and leftover friendly, so my feelings are not hurt when she turns her head to them.

Should Kids Play With Their Food? Of Course!

Eileen Gordon Chiarello | Posted 05.02.2015 | Green
Eileen Gordon Chiarello

There are so many ways that we can support our kids on their paths to become healthy eaters and sustainable food advocates, but I've found the more fun we're having, the better it is for all of us.

5 Dinners That Practically Cook Themselves

Posted 03.02.2015 | OWN

Each one of these recipes is basically one-and-done. By Lynn Andriani @media only screen and (min-width : 500px) {.ethanmobile { display: ...

6 Homemade Takeout Dishes Your Family Will Love

Jennifer Segal | Posted 04.26.2015 | Taste
Jennifer Segal

Why spend money on take-out when you can make the same dishes even better at home? These flavorful and family-friendly recipes will one-up your favorite restaurant meals.

4 Brilliant Ways to Plan Your Meals All Week Long

Posted 02.20.2015 | OWN

Here's how one woman with three kids, a husband and a start-up helps get dinner on the table. By Lynn Andriani @media only screen and (min...

Why You Should Start Saying Grace With Your Children (Even if You Don't Believe in God)

Ron Lieber | Posted 04.20.2015 | Parents
Ron Lieber

Maybe saying grace feels hokey or forced to you. Perhaps you think your kids would roll their eyes. If you don't believe in God, the ritual before the meal may feel unnatural: who exactly are you thanking, and why?

Baked Purple Sweet Potato Skins

Helen Agresti RD | Posted 02.09.2015 | Taste
Helen Agresti RD

This recipe wouldn't be as tasty without the melted Mexican cheese and refreshing cilantro-topped sour cream.

Bridging the Communication Gap in Your Own Family

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 01.26.2015 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

At your next family gathering -- whether it's a holiday dinner or a wedding -- consider providing a professional sign language interpreter so that your deaf and hearing family members can get the most out of the time they spend together.

Feeding Frenzy

Donna Fish | Posted 01.26.2015 | Parents
Donna Fish

The frenzy I am talking about here, is parental anxiety. The anxiety so many parents feel surrounding feeding their kids. I get so many inquiries -- m...

The Most Beautiful Chicken Dinner We've Ever Seen And Tasted

Posted 03.13.2015 | OWN

Mario Batali knocks it out of the park with this unusual yet delicious dish. (Plus, what to serve with it.) By Lynn Andriani Keep ...