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Families That Eat Dinner Together, Stay Slim Together, Study Finds

Kids who ate meals regularly with their family were 24 percent more apt to eat healthy. Credit: Getty Images
Taking time to sit down and eat as a family at dinner could help keep your children at healthy weights.
A new study...
Kids who eat frequent meals with their families eat healthier than those who do not.

Mealtime Is Fun Time With Color-In Placemats

Inspire the artist in your child with funky placemats that can be colored over and over again. Credit: Modern-twist
If your child has an artsy aptitude, Kidz Placemats from Modern-twist will speak to his inner Van Gogh while keeping him amused...
If your child has an artsy aptitude, Kidz Placemats from Modern-twist will speak to his inner Van Gogh while keeping him amused between courses.

Piece Together Lunch With Sandwich Cutters

Piece together the perfect lunch for your kids. Credit: The Spoon Sisters
If you're already puzzled over how to make those packed lunches more exciting for your kids, we've got the perfect solution. Match & Munch Sandwich Cutters split...
Match & Munch Sandwich Cutters split sandwiches into interlocking puzzle pieces that your kids will want to eat.

Plate Encourages Kids to Play With Their Food

You'll definitely want to keep the camera nearby during mealtime. Credit: Mxyplyzyk
Remember Wooly Willy, that bald guy with the magnetic personality who entertained us for hours on end during long car trips? Well, the Food Face plate, a new...
Remember Wooly Willy, that bald guy with the magnetic personality who entertained us for hours on end during long car trips? Well, the Food Face plate, a new twist on the Willy toy, will actually have you asking your kids to play with their food.

Tracy Moore: Host of CityLine on Sleep Deprivation and Kicking Parenting Books to the Curb

According to Tracy Moore, a strong work ethic runs in her family. Quite obviously, it's something she inherited. As if the challenges of parenting a newborn weren't enough, Tracy Moore took on the high-profile job as host of daily chat show CityLine...

10 Ways to Teach Your Kids Compassion

Craig Kielburger became famous when, at only twelve years old, he founded a charitable organization to fight child exploitation called Free the Children. Since its humble beginnings in the Kielburger family home in 1995, Free the Children has...

Slow Down at Mealtime to Avoid Overeating

A new study published in The Endocrine Society's Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism, has revealed that eating fast rather than slow limits the release of hormones in the gut that trigger the feeling of being full. In the study,...

Organic Foods May Not Be Healthier, Report Says

Is organic produce worth the investment? Maybe not. Credit: rhett maxwel, Flickr
Forking over $5 for a pint of organic berries isn't going to make any difference in your overall health – so says a new report in the American Journal of...

The Stay-at-Stove Dad

Is Dad hopeless in the kitchen? Photo courtesy stockexpert.com
It's a sad but accurate generalization that most fathers are all thumbs in the kitchen. Family meal preparation is largely the domain of the mother. Apart from weekend barbecue duty...

Major Bedtime Snacking - How Bad?

"Do you see any coffee ice cream back there?" Credit: stockxpert.com.
After "eating" dinner, my children used to ask for snacks in 5-minute increments from 6:30 until bedtime. Goldfish, string cheese, carrots, milk, apple ... the list went on....

Family Dinner Boycott - How Bad?

Sure she threw me a bone, but when is everyone else coming to the table? Image: Stockxpert.com.
My friend practically whispered it in my ear: We don't have dinner together anymore.
"Really?" I asked, concerned. "Is your husband working late...

5 Questions for Short Order Mom

Anne Coleman started her food blog Cooking With Anne so that family recipes wouldn't get lost in the shuffle. And there's a lot of shuffle in her Bethlehem, PA, home with seven kids, ranging in age from one to 19. But her no-nonsense, kid-pleasing...

Parents Defy Experts, Let Tots Watch TV

Despite warnings that watching television is bad for kids, parents continue to allow their children to veg out in front of the boob tube, even while they eat. According to an Australian study of 10,000 children from across that country, at least...

Stick it to me - Kid-friendly chicken

Welcome to Dishing it Out, ParentDish's weekly food column. Katie Workman lives in New York City with her husband and two boys, Jack and Charlie. By day she is the Editor-in Chief of the soon-to-be launched recipe website, Cookstr.com. Her posts...

Parentdishing with Crock-Pot mom Stephanie O'Dea

Do you know what's for dinner? Mom and blogger Stephanie O'Dea does, and chances are she's cooking it in one of her five Crock-Pots. In January of this year, Stephanie made a New Year's resolution that she would cook at least one meal a day using a...

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