family dinner

While We Were Out: A Kid/Food News Round-Up

by Bettina Elias Siegel on January 5, 2015

Happy 2015, TLT’ers!   I think I forgot to mention here that I was taking a hiatus from blogging, but if you happened to notice my three weeks of silence on TLT, you probably figured that out.   My blogging break started in late December, when I had the pleasure of attending (and speaking at) a conference in […]


A Few More Thoughts on That Home Cooking Story . . .

by Bettina Elias Siegel on September 9, 2014

Before we resume TLT’s fifth annual “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch Series” tomorrow, I just wanted to share a few more thoughts about yesterday’s post regarding an article, The Joy of Cooking?,” which posits that most women generally loathe cooking and that we’ve all been fed an overly romanticized view of the task by writers […]


I’m interrupting TLT’s “It Takes a Village to Pack a Lunch” series to tell you about a debate over family dinner that’s erupted in the blogosphere — and why just about everyone involved is ticking me off. The scuffle began last week when Amanda Marcotte of Slate‘s XX Factor blog wrote “Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner,” a post that went […]


Are You Ready to Take the Family Dinner Challenge?

by Bettina Elias Siegel on July 16, 2013

Whenever I tout the benefits of family dinner here on The Lunch Tray, I know I’m probably preaching to the choir.  You wouldn’t be here if you didn’t already care about feeding your kids well and that usually means home cooking, at least some of the time. But even the most committed among us face […]


What’s Ahead on TLT

by Bettina Elias Siegel on June 6, 2013

It’s the last day of school here in Houston ISD and if you’re a parent, I don’t need to tell you how busy I’ve been this week with various end-of-year activities and celebrations.  There’s been little time for blogging, but I wanted to share a few things and let you know what’s coming up in […]

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Live Tweeting the Family Dinner Conference!

by Bettina Elias Siegel on April 17, 2013

I’m excited to report that tomorrow I’ll be attending Time at the Table‘s Family Dinner conference at New York University. The speakers include many bloggers who’ve been my “virtual friends” for years but whom I’ve never met in person:  Brianne de Rosa of Red, Round or Green, Grace Freedman of Eat, Aviva Goldfarb of […]

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Three Uplifting Kid-Food Items To Share

by Bettina Elias Siegel on February 21, 2013

Hi everyone!  I’m finally back from a blogging hiatus taken to celebrate — and then recover from — my daughter’s recent bat mitzvah.  Many thanks to all the TLT’ers who shared their good wishes and mazel tovs (mazels tov?) on the blog’s Facebook page.  It was a lovely, memorable event. Due to that break and […]


Today’s guest blogger is Grace R. Freedman, Ph.D. the founder of and co-founder of the Blog for Family Dinner. With a background in public health and political science, she writes about family dinner and its far-reaching health and social benefits. She is also an advocate for innovative approaches that promote healthy eating and increased play and physical activity, […]


In recent years we’ve heard that gathering regularly for a family dinner has all kinds of beneficial effects on our children, from improved academic performance to a lower incidence of drug use. But in a piece in last Sunday’s New York Times, two researchers challenge those claims. Their study, published in the Journal of Marriage […]


12 Adults, 16 Kids, 8 Years of Family Dinners

by Bettina Elias Siegel on March 29, 2012

[Ed. Note:  This post was written as part of the wonderful Blog for Family Dinner project, where it is cross-posted today. This month’s B4FD theme is “All Kinds of Families.” ] On TLT I write a lot about the importance of family dinner, but I know all too well that for busy working families, getting everyone […]