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Food For Thought

Let’s Talk Turkey

Posted on: November 22nd, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

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

Posted on: August 23rd, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

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

Creating Meaningful Conversation

Posted on: June 27th, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

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

Family Dinner at the White House

Posted on: May 7th, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

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

‘That’s Disgusting!’ – Encouraging Picky Eaters

Posted on: April 4th, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Does nature or nurture create picky eaters? Plus tips for taming even the pickiest among us

Meeting Your Child’s Sweetheart: 12 Tips for a Successful Meal

Posted on: February 14th, 2012 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

It’s hard to be our best, most authentic selves when our children bring a significant other home to dinner.

Sweet Potato Puddings

Thanksgiving Story Telling

Posted on: November 23rd, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

‘We learn about our families from the stories that we tell, and our brains are wired to understand each other through stories.’ Plus questions to inspire story sharing

Citizen Cane

The Where of Family Dinners

Posted on: October 31st, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

Considering the spatial “ingredients” of family dinners

On Strike

Why I Went on Strike

Posted on: August 31st, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

When my sons were 12 and 14, I went on strike. To demand more respect for my nightly dinners, I hung up my apron and just stopped cooking.

Adding Competence and Rules into the Mix: Dinner with School-aged Kids

Posted on: July 27th, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

(The third in a 3-part series): When it comes to dinner, harness your elementary school-aged child’s wish to be more competent and to play by the rules

Comforting the Sick: What Dinner Do You Want When You’re Under the Weather?

Posted on: April 4th, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

A curious look at what we crave when we’re ill- and why

How to Make your Toddler an Adventurous Eater and Cooperative Diner

Posted on: March 3rd, 2011 by Anne Fishel, Ph.D

(Part two in a series) Young kids are not the most civilized dinner companions. Dinnertime can feel like sitting with a group of monkeys…But, this is a critical time for developing family meals as a ritual