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Simple Ways to Avoid Fighting About Food

As I was preparing for a talk I was giving to a group of parents a few weeks ago, I asked my friends on Facebook and Twitter what they wanted to know about Family Mealtimes and Power Struggles at the table.  As usual, they gave me some excellent ideas.  Of course, they couldn't be at the talk themselves, so they have asked me to share what I included in my presentation.  This will be the first of several short snippets about Family Mealtimes - hopefully it helps keep the peace at your table. First,...

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Do You Always Eat Such Good Dinners?

Yesterday after school, we had my daughter's friend, Emma, over for a play date. Like most multi-tasking mothers, I started getting ingredients for dinner ready while they were playing. Emma kept coming into the kitchen to stare at my ingredients and to ask questions. When I told her that we were making Asian Lettuce Wraps, she wanted to know why I liked to make foods from other countries. I happily explained how fun it is to try new foods. She leaned over the steaming pot of pad thai noodles...

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Because I said so…

Let’s be honest. Have you ever felt that parenting was a losing battle? You do what you think is best, but the end result is frequently a battle and a temper tantrum…sometimes thrown by you. Lately, my 5 year old son and I have been experiencing this more often than I care to admit. He is defiant and persistent and wears me down until I start doubting my parenting skills. Yet, surprisingly, we have been doing remarkably well during dinner, the venue of struggle for many other families. Instead...

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