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A Therapist’s Take on That Christmas Dinner from “The Bear”

Posted on: November 27th, 2023 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Family therapist Dr. Anne Fishel tackles takeaways from the notorious family Christmas dinner on hit show “The Bear.”

Adult Relationships and Family Dinner

Posted on: January 30th, 2023 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Dr. Anne Fishel examines family dinner across the lifespan of a relationship, from new couplehood to old age.

Post-COVID Gatherings: Anxiety Dreams and Shaky Starts

Posted on: April 29th, 2022 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Post-COVID gatherings are a long-anticipated gift, but they’re also the source of anxiety dreams and shaky starts for many people.

The Benefits of Family Dinner for Adults

Posted on: May 11th, 2021 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Get the latest research on the benefits of family dinner for adults, and why eating with others is good for you — no matter how old you are.

Rethinking Thanksgiving During COVID

Posted on: October 28th, 2020 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Dr. Anne Fishel is rethinking how to celebrate Thanksgiving during COVID, and sharing expert tips to help families mark the holiday.

We Need Rituals Now More Than Ever

Posted on: June 8th, 2020 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Dr. Anne Fishel explains why rituals are important to family life, and how they can help families remain resilient during difficult times.

Stuck at Home With Your Partner? Look to Retirees to Make it Work

Posted on: April 8th, 2020 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Stuck at home with your partner? Dr. Anne Fishel looks at the example set by retired couples, who often make social isolation work for their relationships.


What is a “Family Dinner,” Anyway?

Posted on: January 3rd, 2020 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

What is a family dinner? And how can you make sure your mealtime routines count? Get reassurance and realistic advice from Dr. Anne Fishel.

How Dinner Changes When the Kids Leave Home

Posted on: July 25th, 2019 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Dr. Anne Fishel gives her personal and professional advice to couples confronting an empty nest, and empty dinner tables, after the kids leave home.

The Politics of Thanksgiving

Posted on: November 18th, 2016 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Many families are anxious about Thanksgiving due to divisive politics. Dr. Anne Fishel offers tips for overcoming tension at this year’s Thanksgiving table.

How to Beat Tension and Conflict from Your Family Dinner

Posted on: February 19th, 2016 by Bri DeRosa

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

You Can Hate to Cook and Still Love Family Dinner

Posted on: February 4th, 2016 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

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