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Solving the Dinnertime Dilemma

Solving the Dinnertime Dilemma

I dread dinnertime. Without question, dinner is the most difficult meal of the day for me. It's when I juggle the nutritional needs and eating preferences of three children while trying to prepare an interesting, healthy meal for Tom and myself. Throughout the day, the dietitian in me has kept mental tabs on what each child has eaten and what remains to be consumed at dinner.

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Updated: June 26, 2019

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

School Lunch Ideas: 10 Healthy Ways to Fill Your Kids' Lunchboxes

When you're looking for school lunch ideas, it's easy to throw a handful of cheap, pre-packed lunchbox fillers into your shopping cart and call it a week. But what are those shortcuts really costing? Besides the empty calories, sodium, and sugar, there's the guilt you feel sending your child off to school with something you'd never cook or eat at home. For example, did you know Lunchables have between a quarter and a third of the daily recommended sodium for an adult?

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Food Safety for the Entire Family

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Food Safety for the Entire Family

When your child feels sick to her stomach, it could be something she ate. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans get sick from food 14 million times a year, and those are only the documented cases. Experts suspect that food makes people sick about 76 million times yearly. Why the discrepancy in the figures? Unless it's serious, foodborne illness tends to go largely unreported. People ignore it, chalking up their symptoms to the flu.
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Updated: February 12, 2020

Kitchen Magic for Easy Meals: 10 Uses For One Bag of Frozen Veggies

Medley of Frozen Vegetables

Making easy family meals is a lot like the If You Give a Mouse a Cookie books... When you think of making easy family meals, the first thought is to reach for something ready-made. Your second thought is probably about the guilt that goes into serving your kids something that has more than 5 ingredients with many you can't even pronounce.

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Getting to Know Food

Where food comes from

Where food comes from

Getting to Know Food

The objects on the trees were apples, but how would Hayley have known? Until her first outing to a local farm, she thought apples came in a bag from the supermarket.

Few of us grew up on a farm, but it seems like we know more about where food comes from than our children do, or will in the future. In this grab-and-go world, highly processed convenience foods are the norm for kids, who often don't have a clue about the origins of what they are eating.

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The Terrible Trio

The Terrible Trio

Like it or not, there are three things you simply cannot make a child do. You cannot make him eat, you cannot make him sleep, and you cannot make him use the toilet. Ironically, many of the power struggles parents face with their toddler and preschool boys are about precisely these issues. Anytime a challenge involves your son's body, he is in control of what happens. Your job is to set the stage, teach the skills, and let your son do the rest.

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Updated: May 15, 2019

Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

Rushing home and frantically pulling together something fairly nutritious (that the kids may or may not eat), while listening to the cherubs arguing about whose turn it is to pour the milk, is no way to spend precious family mealtime. Try putting the kids in charge once a week. If it doesn't work, at least they'll know what it feels like to be totally frazzled and unappreciated.

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Build Family Ties Through Family Meals

Build Family Ties Through Family Meals

Your family identity is enhanced the more you eat meals together. Civilization was built around the dinner table. Breaking bread together, a symbolic international peace-making gesture, has more than just a political meaning, it's a vital way of touching base as a family.

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Updated: March 2, 2021

The Best Black Friday Deals for Mama and Baby

family christmas shopping

Editor’s Note: We know raising kids can be hard. That’s why we’re dedicated to making your life easier with the latest and greatest parenting advice and products. We wanted to let you know that if you chose to purchase one of the items featured in this post, we may receive a small commission for it.

by: Katy Abel

Family Budget Makeover: Cutting the Grocery Bill

Family Budget Makeover: Cutting the Grocery Bill

moneyTrying to save a few bucks? Cutting grocery bills can be a relatively painless way to make monthly savings. We went prowling for the best ways to spend less without making kitchen duty endless or meals tasteless. Here are some easy ways to change how you shop and how your family eats.

Before You Shop

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Super Foods for Kids (and Adults)

Sweet potatoes and broccoli

Super Foods for Kids (and Adults)

All foods may fit. But let's be frank. Some foods are better than others, especially for children.

When you are trying to feed a growing family on a tight budget and limited time, eating foods that offer the biggest bang for the buck takes precedence. That's why choosing the cheapest, easiest-to-prepare foods packed with the most nutrition is the way to go. To that end, I have put together my list of favorite, tasty super foods for children that won't break the bank.

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Squashing Summer Boredom

Indoor activities

Squashing Summer Boredom

Do your kids spend the summers moping around the house, watching television and complaining of boredom? Put an end to summer sluggishness by providing your children with activities and ideas that will get them motivated and moving. Squash summer boredom and have a wonderful season!

Culinary Projects

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Best Meats for Slow Cookers

Best Meats for Slow Cookers

Ellen on Edibles

Marbling has nothing to do with stone, but the patterns that swirl through some polished sheets of marble are echoed by the fat patterns in cuts of meat. Although marbling is not wanted in lean cuts of meat like a tenderloin, the fat, which leaches out of the meat during slow cooking, is desirable for cuts destined for the slow cooker. It's this fat that punctuates the strong muscle fibers and makes the food tender after cooking.

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Updated: December 14, 2021

Can You Eat Thanksgiving Turkey While Pregnant? (And What Foods to Avoid!)

Turkey Dinner

As you prepare for your Thanksgiving feast, you may be wondering what your plate will look like this year if you're among the millions of pregnant women who will be sitting down for their Thanksgiving meal. We all know that when you're pregnant, certain foods are off-limits because they pose a danger to you or your unborn baby. But, Thanksgiving Day is a time to chow down and you don't want to miss out, especially on the bird!

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's Diet

Expanding Your One to Three-Year-Old's Diet

Even though he's only one or two years old, it's never too early to help a child begin to develop healthy eating habits. You can do this in part by offering a variety of nutritious foods that are appropriate for your child's developmental stage. For the most part, you can put away the baby food now. After age one, your child can eat just about anything, as long as he's not allergic to it, and as long as it's in kid-friendly form—either pureed, mashed, or cut into small pieces.

by: Katy Abel

Top 10 Packable Lunches Kids Love

Easy Packable School Lunches

They want to eat: Peanut butter and fluff. Cupcakes with squiggles. Zero veggies.

You want them to eat: Turkey on whole wheat. An apple. Pretzels.

After dealing with back-to-school battles over homework and bedtime, many moms would rather surrender than fight over what kids eat (or throw away) in the school cafeteria. The good news: It's easier than ever to think outside the lunch box when it comes to food. It doesn't have to be a choice between what's good for your kids and what's fun to eat.

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Preventing Kitchen Fires

Basic rules

Preventing Kitchen Fires

In the Nick of Time

If your local fire department offers home fire-hazard assessments, sign up for one. Professionals often spot things that others take for granted.

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The 5 Worst Jobs for Teens

The 5 Worst Jobs for Teens

The National Consumers League has pegged these jobs as the most dangerousfor kids.

1. Delivery and other driving: including operating or riding on forkliftsand other motorized equipment.

2. Working alone in cash-based businesses such as convenience stores,gasoline stations, and fast-food establishments.

3. Traveling youth crews: selling candy, magazine subscriptions, and otherconsumer goods on street corners, in strange neighborhoods, in distantcities, and across state lines.

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Storm Ready Checklist

Storm Ready Checklist

Your Family Checklist

You might like to print out this list as a guide when you're shopping for storm supplies. The items on this list are pretty basic, and don't necessarily include everything your family will need to ride out a severe storm.

Be prepared, and assume you'll lose all power, lights, heat, telephone, and water service for at least a week. Don't panic -- buy and plan accordingly.

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Feeding Your One-Year-Old

Do's and don'ts

Feeding Your One-Year-Old

Feeding an older baby can be challenging. The following tips help make the job easier.

  • Your baby loves to learn new tricks and show off. If you make her the same food you are eating, you will probably see a new side of your baby.

  • Babies begin to use a cup around one year of age. Some can hold it themselves, and some just need a little help. Either way, once you show them how, they will probably want to do it themselves.