Want happier family mealtimes? Stop serving your kids.

Yup, you heard me. I led a parent workshop last night, titled “Peas and Harmony.” The goal of the program was to share simple strategies and practical tips for raising happy, healthy eaters, and for minimizing mealtime stress (if you’d like to have me come and speak to your group, just click here and we’ll be in touch.) The dialogue last night got me thinking. In every...
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Let’s Get Started

I don’t know about you, but I have a hard time with starting things. Starting is tough. It’s easy to find things in our lives we wish were different; from reorganizing our closets, to shifting careers, to changing the way we feed our kids. We can see the rosy vision of how it’s all going to be when we get there in the end: the cupboards stacked with neatly folded towels, the...
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How To Have The Happiest, Healthiest Passover

This weekend’s Passover celebration is rich with tradition, family, historical and cultural meaning. And heaping plates of special holiday foods. Those are all the right ingredients for success…or major stress, depending on how you roll. I remember the first time we hosted the seder at our home, when my husband and I were young parents. It almost felt like a rite of passage. We concluded...
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Pushing Produce

Is shamelessly marketing fruit and vegetables a good idea? Can Nick Jonas convince your kid to love broccoli anyways? Perhaps by now you’ve heard of the FNV campaign. It’s a heavy-hitting, big budget marketing blitz, about to be launched in the US; an initiative from the Partnership for a Healthier America. It’s the first time that the brains and the bucks behind junk-food style advertising have...
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Handling Halloween: If you could see the future, would you do things differently?

Halloween can be pretty scary for parents, and it’s not because of the ghosts and goblins. The issue of what to do with all that candycan be downright terrifying. I wrote a while back about the approach I took with my kids when they were small.  You can check the post out here: http://www.rainbowplate.com/halloween-is-scary-are-you-brave-enough-to-try-this/ I received a lot of positive comments...
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