Children who eat with their families get much more than nutrients from their meals.

The data is clear. Family meals are so important to child development and academic success that putting a meal on the table and eating with their child just may be the most important aspect of parenting. Meals not only nourish growing bodies but also nurture growing minds. 

Parents feel the pressure. The nutrition bar is set so high that making a good meal seems daunting. With less time and more commitments, family meals are likely to get short shrift. 

The articles on the topic of Nourishing Children and Families will interpret research on this important subject and give you ideas on making meals more possible. Let us know what you think and what you need. 


Nourishing Children and Families

Fun Times at Family Meals

When we eat together, we share more than a meal.

Nourishing Children and Families

Body-Positive Parenting

Weight stigma and diet culture will likely continue on, but they do not have to exist in our homes.

Nourishing Children and Families

Turn the Holiday Tables

Setting boundaries before setting the table may help your family with holiday harmony.

Nourishing Children and Families

Still a Sticky Topic

Halloween is lots of fun until it comes to managing the candy haul.

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