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Our Kids Have Cheat Days Too...

Little Global Chefs | Posted 01.28.2016 | Taste
Little Global Chefs

So stick with us. Every meal might not be perfect every time, but remember what we said last week: it's a marathon, not a sprint. So stretch your legs, hydrate yourself (with a glass of wine, or two!) and get ready to cook with those rascals!

7 Dinner Rules That Will Transform Your Family's Mealtime

Maryann Jacobsen | Posted 12.15.2015 | Parents
Maryann Jacobsen

You go the trouble of making a balanced dinner only to be met with resistance from your children. The answer is not to choose between the lesser of two evils: making kids eat or cooking an alternative meal. All you need to solve this problem is to institute and enforce some very simple rules. These family dinner rules help mealtime run smoothly while setting clear limits.

The Magic and Memories of Sunday Supper

Liz Neumark | Posted 12.11.2015 | Taste
Liz Neumark

How do we feel about mandatory family gatherings? We have a love/hate relationship with them, influenced by ones position in the generational line up and how much we truly want to be independent or connected. Or, how good the food will be.

20 Questions to Ask This Holiday Season

Christine Carter, PhD | Posted 11.24.2015 | Healthy Living
Christine Carter, PhD

At big holiday meals, I will often print these questions and put one under each person's plate. Varying the questions -- instead of having everyone answer the same question -- tends to keep folks more engaged. A printable copy of this list is here.

Hard Feelings With a Side of Blame--An American Thanksgiving

Janet Bertolus | Posted 11.20.2015 | Fifty
Janet Bertolus

Thanksgiving in the U.S. can be brutal due to of all the unrealistic Norman Rockwellian expectations. Unfortunately, what we imagine as warm and fuzzy, can quickly turn cold and prickly.

Eating More Homemade Meals Could Lower Your Risk For Diabetes

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 11.10.2015 | Healthy Living

Start brown-bagging it more often and you'll be better serving your wallet and your health. New research presented at the American Heart Association's...

Blue Bloods Basics: Why the Family Dinner Is So Important

Wendy H. Goldberg | Posted 11.04.2015 | Books
Wendy H. Goldberg

We need family dinners now more than ever. They are the perfect antidote to the age of distraction we live in.

Game Changing Phrase That Will Teach Your Kids To Try Any Food You Put In Front Of Them.

Tara Garland | Posted 10.20.2015 | Parents
Tara Garland

"Not my favorite" side dishes and meals get served every week and sprinkled in when I am in the mood to eat something different. While I may acknowledge that it is a bummer you are not crazy about the asparagus I put on your plate, I will still make you eat some without complaint.

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 12.27.2015 | 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.