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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. […]

How to Beat Tension and Conflict from Your Family Dinner

Six simple insights into common dinner table conflicts, and how to tame them for good.

Practicing Courtesy at Family Dinner

Use your family dinner table to model courtesy, kindness and civility this month!

march newsletter

Rules, Rules, Rules

“My dad doesn’t allow talking at the table. He says dinnertime is eating time, not chatting time!”…

Autism, ADHD, and Learning Differences at Family Meals

Autism, ADHD, and learning differences can cause challenges at family meals. We’ve got expert help to improve dinnertime for everyone.

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

DO AS I SAY, NOT AS I TXT: DOES TECH HAVE A PLACE AT THE TABLE? by Anne Fishel, Ph.D In 21st century America, when we no longer quilt on the front porch, play musical instruments together, or plant beans side by side in the field, dinner is often the primary occasion we use to […]

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

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

Tips for Reducing Tension at the Table

A version of this article also appears on Dr. Anne Fishel’s Food for Thought blog.  Who doesn’t love the idea of dinner as a time to kick back, relax and enjoy the company of your beloved family? Yet, despite this wish, tension can often challenge the peaceful dinner hour. For example, after rushing home from […]

Newsletter October

Does Family Dinner Scare You?

October is a month of thrills and chills, when people delight in telling their favorite horror stories…

The Baker family

Reconnecting through great food and laughter Background: Coming together again When we first met Jackie, her husband Mark was in the process of moving back from Pennsylvania to New York to be with the rest of the family. Jackie and Mark had been separated for a few years, and during that time, Jackie relocated to […]

May I be Excused, Please?

Guest blogger Abigail Carroll on the origins of table manners


How to Give Yourself the Gift of Family Dinner This Season

With Thanksgiving and winter holidays now only weeks away…