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3 Tips for Stress-Free Family Meals (video)

Author of the fabulous book “The Family Dinner,” Laurie David, has raised 2 girls and has learned from experience how to not stress out about dinner. This 1 minute clip gets to heart of the matter.

Tips: plan snacks (but make sure kids arrive at the table hungry); let kids choose how much to eat; take care of yourselves, mom and dad!

What are your stress-reducing tips for family meals?

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10:18AM PDT on Sep 28, 2011

great advice

5:21AM PDT on Sep 18, 2011

thx

8:09AM PDT on Jul 26, 2011

thanks

6:45PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Ta.

1:45AM PDT on May 27, 2011

I am more an "in front of the tv" type. Having read your article I may have to reconsider...

6:29AM PDT on May 25, 2011

thanx

3:19AM PDT on May 25, 2011

Thanks for sharing.

10:52PM PDT on May 24, 2011

Practical and sensible information! Thanks for the post!

5:56PM PDT on May 24, 2011

I got the impression from my mother that if I didn't eat my broccoli I would die, and that white bread would give me colon cancer, and soft drinks contained chemicals that should not be consumed. I trusted and believed my mother and continue to eat a healthy diet decades later.

3:41PM PDT on May 24, 2011

#1 - It is the parent's responsibility to make healthy choices as to what the child should eat, and see to that the child does eat it.

#2 - Spoiling children by indulging them only creates spoiled, arrogant, "entitled" adults, much to the world's detriment. Children need to be taught self-control, responsibility, restraint, and wisdom. And not just about food.

#3 - Children are picky or helpless only if their parents allow them to be. Take your children into the kitchen to help prepare every meal. Not only will they learn the skills they need to care for themselves and others, they will be vested in the food and more likely want to eat it.

#4 - Apples & carrots & celery don't have to be cut up into cute little sticks in order to qualify as healthy snacks. Anyone with teeth can eat them just fine the way they grew. And please, parents, teach your children how to use knives correctly & safely. If they want their food cut up in cute little sticks, they can do it themselves. I've been using sharp knives and preparing dinner for my family since I was 7.

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