by Kathleen Cuneo, Ph.D.
Recently my oldest daughter started her senior year of high school. While we prepare and look forward to launching her into an exciting future next year, we also find ourselves feeling a bit sad and nostalgic as we experience a lot of “lasts” with her this year (e.g., her [...]
by Bettina Elias Siegal
This post was originally published on The Lunch Tray on April 9, 2012.
My paternal grandmother passed away yesterday. She was 96, a truly remarkable woman, and I was lucky to have had her in my life for so long.
My cousin was with my grandmother shortly before her [...]
by Jennifer Grant
Sitting down for dinner with my husband and children – or whatever combination of the five of them is home – is one of my favorite, ordinary pleasures.
Almost nightly, one of my sons fixes his gaze on the butter plate and then saws thick, neat squares [...]
by Shari Brooks
It’s amazing how much about my mom’s life I learned through her death. I always knew Mom was a very private person. Yet, her funeral boasted myriad outsiders who were somehow touched by Mom; it was my window into her true depth of compassion for others, even during [...]
By Colleen Levine
In an ideal world, my two children would be encouraged to join me in the kitchen as often as possible. At the mature age of 5, however, my son has other things on his mind many evenings and my 18-month-old, well, let’s just say she hasn’t yet been quite as [...]
By Maria Birch
All sorts of studies show that families are strengthened when they eat together.
We expect that most families be composed of persons related by blood or marriage or a life-commitment.
I belong to a family that has made a commitment to dine together, to eat slowly the food we prepare, [...]
by Amy Sung
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We all talk about how to get kids to eat more vegetables or eat healthier in general. But, what about just getting them to the table… and having them stay there to enjoy that healthy meal you made for the family? Staci Sanford-Dever posed this [...]
By Fran Davis
Dinner time is really such a crucial part of the day for the family to get together, share their high and low points and decompress. Read more about the positive effects of eating together here. This time should really be fun and stress-free. This post is one [...]
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by Julie Lass
About a year ago, I realized that, through shear inertia, my family had fallen into a familiar rut—one meal for us, another, significantly less colorful, meal for the children. We had a rotating menu of about 5 main course items for the kids [...]
by Angela Lemond, RD, CSP, LD
I had an epiphany this past weekend. What if families scheduled random “wellness lock-ins” every 3 months or so where they purposely worked on healthy family lifestyle components? You know, things such as:
- Emphasized family time
- Family-wide random activities such as going [...]