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Health in Context for Our Children: Family Dinner Never Mattered So Much

Health in Context for Our Children: Family Dinner Never Mattered So Much

Commented Apr 1, 2013 at 20:37:14 in Impact

“Thanks for the article, Laura! I'm an advocate for daily sharedmeals. I wrote a book "The Shared-Meal Revolution" (www.shared-meals.com and www.facebook.com/sharedmeals and @sharedmeals) which outlines many developmental areas this wonderful activity. Huge social importance to American society. It's easy to let our hectic lives get in the way of important activities like sharing a meal...perhaps we take this all for granted as you point out: "But way too many mothers in places around the world do not have the opportunity to cook a healthy meal for their children in a safe environment." So true...let's do what we can in America to support our health via shared meals, and I'm with you 100% for Global support as well.”
Flexible Work Is <em>Healthy</em>, Studies Show

Flexible Work Is Healthy, Studies Show

Commented Feb 27, 2013 at 10:30:47 in Healthy Living

“Holy retention problem, Yahoo! How in the world Mayer could think this will be an effective strategy? The workforce demands better. Trust that if given the opportunity to care for themselves and have true work-life balance, most employees will not take advantage of a remote work location privilege and will perform better. Although I do believe interpersonal connection has a premium benefit over virtual ones (especially for families and communities), it's not necessary for every work task. Have regular times when you are seeing your employees but let them have the flexibility this modern world craves. When people work from home, they can have more time to exercise, have meals with friends and family instead of being stuck in traffic. All of that will benefit your bottom line.”
Kelli Higgins, Adoptive Mom, Creates Viral Birth Announcement Spoof (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Kelli Higgins, Adoptive Mom, Creates Viral Birth Announcement Spoof (PHOTOS, VIDEO)

Commented Feb 15, 2013 at 20:42:00 in Parents

“Heartwarming! Great way to highlight adopting older children....Just as precious as infants...Best wishes with your new family...”
Stress Health Effects: 10 Scary Things It's Doing To Your Body

Stress Health Effects: 10 Scary Things It's Doing To Your Body

Commented Feb 4, 2013 at 21:50:32 in Healthy Living

“Such an important reminder. Stress is just another important facet of your life that has to be managed. It's not really an effective strategy to just 'relax' - you need activities to negate some of the effects of the stresst that are inherent in our modern-day lives. I used to let stress get the best of me and it only caused me to be chronically-sick (upper respiratory problems was how it affected me) for almost three years! Finally, I discovered that adopting a simpler way to live, not trying to be "superwoman" and sharing at least one meal a day with another person, were good strategies to help me feel connected and balanced. If you aren't already using the activity of a shared-meal ritual with anyone, know that this is a truly effective way to help manage your stress. It's changed my life. In fact, I wrote a book about this called "The Shared-Meal Revolution: How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends". Check out my website at www.shared-meals.com if you are interested in learning more. Or find me at www.facebook.com/sharedmeals or Twitter @sharedmeals. Here's to stress management!”
Kid Dances To 'It's Tricky' At NBA Game For One Incredible Minute (VIDEO)

Kid Dances To 'It's Tricky' At NBA Game For One Incredible Minute (VIDEO)

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 12:01:36 in Parents

“Love this expression of joy! Nothing to be embarassed about Mom!”
Weight Loss: Meal Time Matters

Weight Loss: Meal Time Matters

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 10:57:00 in Healthy Living

“I think there's some merit to what they say about when you eat (not going to sleep within a couple of hours of eating) but I believe it's the calories, type of calories, sedentary and overworked lifestyles that all add up to trouble. Another big factor is how you eat - what is the quality of your mealtime environment, and what food habits do you have at the table. Also, if you care for kids, if you're eating junk in front of them, they will get into those habits, perhaps well into adulthood. Find someone who shares your eating philosophy about how to dine, as well as what you will consume, and that will help you tremendously. Many people eat alone and consume a lot of processed food sitting in front of the TV and therefore eat unconsciously. Eating with another (in a healthy environment, distraction/techno free) can have a host of development benefits...including social, psychological, cultural...I discuss those and more benefits in my upcoming book "The Shared-Meal Revolution:How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends". Check out my website at www.shared-meals.com for more info. Join my Revolution to bring back sanity and simplicity to healthful, joyful eating! Happy shared meals everyone!”
Ben & Jerry's Cannoli Ice Cream Is Newest Limited Batch Flavor

Ben & Jerry's Cannoli Ice Cream Is Newest Limited Batch Flavor

Commented Jan 31, 2013 at 10:23:37 in Home

“This is one time I'm glad it doesn't seem to be holding true to it's namesake flavor...I'd be in trouble! Pistachio, you're still my #1..”
Frequent Multitaskers Aren't Good At Multitasking, Study Shows

Frequent Multitaskers Aren't Good At Multitasking, Study Shows

Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 02:00:38 in Healthy Living

“Let's hear it for single-tasking! Time to realize that we are not doing ourselves any favors to fracture our attention spans and for the sake of what...more productivity? The next generation will not know how to think clearly and with purpose if their energies are being dispersed in a million different directions every day. I think we have to focus on the value-add of how we conduct ourselves throughout the day and give our society permission to be thought-full.”
As Restaurants Ban Photos, Some Worry About The End Of Food Porn

As Restaurants Ban Photos, Some Worry About The End Of Food Porn

Commented Jan 25, 2013 at 11:38:53 in Home

“I limit my dining out because I want to have a relaxing, pleasant experience so if I was discouraged from taking a pix of a dish that was artistic, that would give me another reason to eat at home! Restaurant owners: take heed of the experience you help shape for your customers!”
Putting Away the Phone and Being Present

Putting Away the Phone and Being Present

Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 10:21:09 in Healthy Living

“Thanks for the great article about priorities, Kristen!”
Putting Away the Phone and Being Present

Putting Away the Phone and Being Present

Commented Oct 20, 2013 at 10:20:25 in Healthy Living

“Bravo on the emailed message to your dinner friends! That's such a respectful way of setting the tone for a relaxing enjoyable meal where your interactions are the focus (along with enjoying the delicious food).”
Why Schools Must Teach Delayed Gratification

Why Schools Must Teach Delayed Gratification

Commented May 20, 2013 at 11:01:47 in Impact

“I agree with the points in the article and Kamenetz's suggestion (especially with the self-control option as the ideal). As Thompson's article says, some parents are abdicating their responsibility to exercise controls in the home (because they don't know how to exercise control over their own habits); in some homes it's a free-for-all. No one is experiencing social engagement or development. I'm a proponent of keeping interpersonal engagement alive through one daily shared meal. I also believe responsible use of technology in educational settings (as well as at home) is sorely needed if we want a caring, engaged future society.”

johnthompson on May 21, 2013 at 15:47:03

“yeah, sharing one meal a day would be wonderful - and doable.”
Putting School Year Activities Into Perspective

Putting School Year Activities Into Perspective

Commented Mar 29, 2013 at 18:04:56 in Parents

“Thanks for the article. I believe in "Share, Connect, Simplify" via a daily shared-meal routine. Agree and promote the same ideas about being thoughtful about activities...maybe you want to regularly schedule lots of activities, or maybe it's OK to consider not doing so. I recommend doing those that have true value, and reassessing seasonally.”
Why Parents Need To Think Differently About Time

Why Parents Need To Think Differently About Time

Commented Mar 23, 2013 at 15:55:27 in Parents

“Thanks, Asha. I agree with this article; values-based decision making is at the core of everything. I write about this topic in my book as well which promotes to 'share, simplify and connect' through sharing meals with family and friends. Sometimes to make room for valuable activities, or just plain ol' downtime, you do need to say 'no' and resist the pressure. Hope we'll connect about our projects. www.facebook.com/sharedmeals and www.shared-meals.com.”
Adam Lanza's Father, Peter Lanza, Meets With Newtown Victim's Parents (VIDEO)

Adam Lanza's Father, Peter Lanza, Meets With Newtown Victim's Parents (VIDEO)

Commented Mar 21, 2013 at 22:48:34 in Parents

“Beyond sad for everyone...”
Stress-Less Parenting: What Everyone Can Learn From Lazy French Mothers

Stress-Less Parenting: What Everyone Can Learn From Lazy French Mothers

Commented Feb 24, 2013 at 13:33:23 in Parents

“Insightful article...kids (and adults) need time "to be bored". Hectic lifestyles keep us from important socialization, such as what is found around the dinner table (or breakfast, or lunch...). Daily gatherings and ordinary conversation teaches everyone how to get along, which will be impactful on culture and society in future years. Recommendation to parents: take a close look at how you and your kids are spending your time, and refocus your priorities. Don't be afraid to cut out an activity or two and help your kids (and yourselves) live a more meaningful and relaxed life. Start this dialogue while gathered for a #sharedmeal. www.shared-meals.com
Easing Lunchtime Loneliness

Easing Lunchtime Loneliness

Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 11:47:22 in Parents

“Love your advice about finding "lunchtime buddies", as well as let him vent (sometimes all kids need is to acnowledge it by telling it to someone). How about allowing for opportunity for this venting or sharing over a daily meal ritual at home (breakfast, dinner?) This allows for time to regroup with your child and find out what's really going on at school. Worked wonderfully when I raised my kids. Eating together at school or home builds 'alliances' and bonds like nothing else. I've started The Shared-Meal Revolution: www.shared-meals.com. Check it out. Thanks for your article, Susan!”
What Married Women Really Want For Valentine's Day

What Married Women Really Want For Valentine's Day

Commented Feb 6, 2013 at 11:14:00 in Women

“I agree with some of the other comments that Valentine's day is really for both genders and some of the suggestions are outdated for some couples...let's hope at least! But I agree that there is still evidence of pay inequality (geesh). Some women like to command control in their kitchens but the time is now to take a more progressive approach and let go of the tight reins and invite husbands, kids, neighbors - into our kitchens! That will help ease the burden women feel of needing to do it all, and letting others in the kitchen only provides others with an opportunity to experience the joy of creating food. Why deny your husbands or other people this privilege? I've written a book about sharing meals: The Shared-Meal Revolution: How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends" - I address how to make this daily actvity achievable and more enjoyable for everyone. Check out my site at www.shared-meals.com or FB at www.facebook.com/sharedmeals or Twitter @sharedmeals.”

thexone on Feb 7, 2013 at 12:25:23

“there's no evidence of the pay gap, it basically boils down to the choices both men and women make according to their careers. it's propaganda.”
Disconnect to Reconnect

Disconnect to Reconnect

Commented Jan 30, 2013 at 01:36:30 in Healthy Living

“I'm in agreement with Jordi Lippe about her decision to simplify her life by reducing the amount of time she's 'wired'. It's crucial that we find the time to meaningfully connect and not give in to the compulsion of efficiency and and perpetual state of "doing". I've written a book called "The Shared-Meal Revolution: How to Reclaim Balance and Connection in a Fragmented World through Sharing Meals with Family and Friends" which addresses using one daily meal with another to be fully present, engaged for important personal and societal development and wellness. It's a life simplication strategy and speaks to societal priorites and the growing need to find ways to stay connected. For more info, check out my Shared-Meal Revolution at www.shared-meals.com.”