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The Physical and Mental Benefits of Family Dinner with The Family Dinner Project (PODCAST) Familius Helping Families be Happy Podcast November 22, 2022 A Thanksgiving Survival Guide for Families with Unique Mealtime Needs Usable Knowledge by Elizabeth M. Ross November 18, 2022 What Not to Talk About at the Thanksgiving Table Washington Post by Tara […]

Nurturing “Stewards of the Planet”

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

Four Tips for a More Mindful Mealtime

Guest blogger Deborah Sosin, MSW, on slowing down and enjoying your meals

Family Dinner References

  Interested in learning more about the benefits of family dinner? Check out these resources: Barton, A.W., Nrody, G.H., Yu, T., Kogan, S.M., Chen, E., Erhlich, K.B. (2019). The profundity of the everyday: Family routines in adolescence predict development in young adulthood. Journal of Adolescent Health, 64(3): 340-346. Berge, J.M, Wall, M., Hsueh, T.F., Fulkerson, […]

Operation Family Dinner

A military family takes on a family dinner challenge. Read how it went!

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The supplies your kids really need for school (no pencils required)

Just like all transitions, the back-to-school season can stir up many different emotions for kids. With new teachers, new classes, new schedules, and more, it’s no wonder our kids may feel a little stressed out. While you’re likely well stocked on the notebooks and pencils, a child’s confidence and coping skills might be in short […]

Making the Most of Dinner with Adolescents

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

Feeding the Bond: A Father-Daughter Story

How cooking and eating together nourished one family after loss

The Snowden Showdown

This evolving story raises questions about secrecy, right and wrong, and making hard decisions

Everyone Wants Quick and Easy, but You Can’t Always Get What You Want

Chef Deb Ponzek shares her cooking philosophy (and a delicious frittata recipe)


by Anne Fishel, Ph.D Dr. Anne K. Fishel is the Executive Director and co-founder of The Family Dinner Project and a clinical psychologist, teacher, author, and family therapist. She is an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. […]