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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.

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

Building Resilient Kids, One Story at a Time

April 15th, 2013

Dr. Anne Fishel on the importance of family storytelling to building resilient kids who bounce back from challenges.

Tips for Bringing Empathy to the Table

February 14th, 2013

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

A Solution to Resolutions

January 21st, 2013

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

Let’s Talk Turkey

November 22nd, 2012

The expression “talking turkey” has two opposite original meanings—either to speak pleasantly around the dinner table, or to skip the niceties and get right to what’s important. It is, of course, this second meaning that persists…

Doctor’s Order: Have Family Dinners

August 23rd, 2012

Recently, we sat down with two groups of pediatricians to find out what doctors think of family dinners.

Creating Meaningful Conversation

June 27th, 2012

Check out our tips for making conversations with your kids more fun and thoughtful!

Family Dinner at the White House

May 7th, 2012

Jodi Kantor, author of “The Obamas,” talks about the First Family’s dinners together.


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 book about family dinners, Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun and Conversation for Happier Families and Healthier Kids, is available through Amazon.