Food For Thought

Hungry for family dinner advice? Dr. Anne Fishel draws on her experience as a family therapist, associate professor of psychology, and mother of two sons to bring you helpful dinnertime observations and tips.

Family Dinners are Great for the Body and the Soul

March 5th, 2015

The First Lady is a fan of family dinners, but is her enthusiasm backed by science?


It’s Science: Eat Dinner Together

January 27th, 2015

As a family therapist, I often have the impulse to tell families to go home and have dinner together rather than spending an hour with me. And 20 years of research in North America, Europe and Australia back up my enthusiasm for family dinners. It turns out that sitting down for a nightly meal is […]

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How to Avoid One Word Answers

July 18th, 2014

Dr. Anne Fishel offers suggestions on how to encourage kids to open up about their days.


Nurturing “Stewards of the Planet”

April 22nd, 2014

Dr. Anne Fishel addresses the why and how of raising environmentally conscious kids


Managing Food Allergies at the Dinner Table

February 4th, 2014

Jen Haugen, RD, LD, offers tips for meal planning after a new food allergy or celiac diagnosis


Do as I say, not as I TXT: Does Tech have a Place at the Table?

December 17th, 2013

What’s your stance on tech at the table? Here, Drs. Anne Fishel and Tristan Gorrindo offer their ideas


May I be Excused, Please?

September 9th, 2013

Guest blogger Abigail Carroll on the origins of table manners


Steps to Ease Dinner Stress for Stepfamilies

August 1st, 2013

Dr. Patricia Papernow, an expert on the unique dynamics of stepfamilies, offers advice


Making the Most of Dinner with Adolescents

June 11th, 2013

Dr. Anne Fishel offers tips for getting teenagers more engaged in family dinner

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Building Resilient Kids, One Story at a Time

April 15th, 2013

Dr. Anne Fishel on the importance of family storytelling

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Tips for Bringing Empathy to the Table

February 14th, 2013

Dr. Anne Fishel offers advice on how to weave empathy into everyday table discussions.

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A Solution to Resolutions

January 21st, 2013

Sick of doomed New Year’s resolutions? So is Dr. Anne Fishel, who proposes an alternative.

by Dr. Anne K. Fishel

Anne FishelAnne Fishel is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at the Harvard Medical School and the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. She has lectured and written about the benefits of family meals.