One of the consolations of this end of summer, beginning of fall (and school) season is that, in many places, we are entering the full abundance of local harvests. If you've been going to the farmers' market since early summer, then you will be aware of the change: few.... read more
It's dinnertime, again. Day after day, the dinner hour rolls around. Some of us enjoy devising interesting new meals, while others stick to a number of well honed, easy to prepare options; but either way, as with any repetitive activity, family mealtime can easily fall into.... read more
Summer vacation brings so many changes to family routines. All the ironclad rules that govern the school year (No TV on a school night! Lights out by 8:30!) have suddenly lost their primary justification. Our kids' days are filled in entirely different ways, and frankly, it's .... read more
We've all said it at one time or another: our family is going to eat better, cook healthier meals, and good golly, our kids are going to eat it... and love it too! Between all that we juggle, especially now at the cusp of the year and the temptations of holiday parties and.... read more
You advertised for a sous chef, and within moments your preschooler volunteered. Your young assistant is certainly willing, but not exactly ready to take on his new duties in the kitchen. All that mixing, measuring, and stirring are tricky when the wooden spoon is as lon.... read more
They say art is "food for the soul," and given how much our soulful kids enjoy drawing and painting, we are easily convinced. The little ones crave the chance to be creative. And so we dive into art-making with them—we rig easels, rinse paintbrushes, and stock reams of.... read more
Health is an important issue to all parents: we want our kids to be healthy. But we also all know that we can't always be there making the choices for our kids; we have to enable them to succeed in making healthy choices on their own. And if your kids are anything like my kids.... read more
To provide food for children in school, find the middle ground. From the previous patterns of giving kids free access to all kinds of food in vending machines, school stores and on à la carte lines, we have veered to the other extreme of strictly restricting high-fat, high.... read more
All children are more-or-less picky about food. What
they eat one day, they don't the next. They eat a lot one day, little
the next. They don't eat some of everything that is on the table, but
only one or two foods. They warm up slowly to unfamiliar foods and may
have .... read more
For a young child learning to eat, all foods are new, even those that are very familiar to you. It generally takes children time and repeated neutral exposure to learn to like new food. Neutral exposure is matter-of-factly presenting the food without outside pressure of an.... read more
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