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.

You Can Hate to Cook and Still Love Family Dinner

February 4th, 2016

Food may get us to the table, but is it the most important part of family dinner?


Expert Roundtable: The Psychological Benefits of Thanksgiving Dinner

November 25th, 2015

Dr. Anne FIshel is joined by 3 other experts to discuss the meaning of Thanksgiving rituals for modern families.

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Want Your Kids to Be Better Readers? Have Dinner Together

September 28th, 2015

The dinner table is a perfect place to encourage reading in kids of all ages.

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Talking Trash at the Table

April 15th, 2015

Dr. Anne Fishel offers expert advice on helping your family understand the impact of wasted food on the planet.


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

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.

Her new book, Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for Happier Families and Healthier Kids is now available from Amacom Books.