Is there anything more wonderful than a freshly cooked meal delivered to your door when you’re hungry? I treasured each and every meal brought to me by loving friends when I was home bonding with a newborn. Now that I have three children (under my belt? out from my belt area?), I still believe that […]
Tricks, hacks, books, and experiments to dinner on the table Every Single Night.
I learned a few important things since I last reported on bribing my preschooler with dinosaur toys to get him to try new foods: It is not really a “bribe” it is an “incentive” (I don’t understand why, see definition of bribe.) Maybe my choice of prize was too weak My strong-willed child is immune to […]
Today’s challenge, your thirtieth, is to discover a family-friendly pub in your area and test it out. Yes, we tried this a few times. Sure, baby Julian made a frat boy of himself and booted the first time. Nobody cared! You don’t have to compromise on ambiance every time you go out for dinner […]
Professionals recommend bribery Inspired by an NPR/Freakonomics story about bribery in which an economist gives each of his four children the opportunity to earn “a lot of money” for eating fresh fish in Hawaii every day during their vacation, I decided to try to bribe my preschooler with trinkets to try new-to-him foods. After all, […]
This activity is both easier and more social than a picnic dinner: Let your pizza guy do all the heavy lifting. Order a pizza party playdate to the park
Repeat after me: Rookie moms should not be in charge of the entire Thanksgiving meal! Get yourself some real help either with food prep, childcare, or (better!) both. Hacks for new parents hosting the big meal: I found myself in this position the first year I had a baby because it seemed easier than traveling […]
Sarah reports that her son Theo has never met a food he doesn’t like. Lucky mama! She shared a tip that sounded brilliant to me: Take a can of low-sodium minestrone soup and dump it in a strainer. Serve your self-feeding baby or toddler the remaining bits and let him explore what he likes. “Pasta, […]
Since becoming a mom, I have been experimenting with many different ways to get dinner on the table with minimal fuss. I was a freakin’ industrial engineer in college and I’ve been a management consultant for over ten years. Why is this still so hard for me?! Apparently during those working-sans-baby years, I was just […]
Best side dishes for healthier family meals? Easy peasy: roasted vegetables (asparagus recipe included), raw fruits. Cut into more than 1 for extra points!
Clutter-free gifts for all your best girlfriends Chocolate! Since this stuff disappears quickly, we feel comfortable calling it “clutter-free”. We are big fans of Charles Chocolate, who used to call their monthly club the PMS assortment, while Vosges (inventors of the bacon chocolate bar) call theirs the Lunar chocolate (truffle) of the month club. Harry […]
My friend and fellow babycenter.com blogger, Sabrina, is the first-time mom to a nearly-one-year old baby boy named Raffi. She writes Rhodey Girl Tests about food, family, and fun. Her nickname RhodeyGirl started as a joke between RhodeyGirl and her husband Trig, AKA PhillyBoy. I caught up with Sabrina a few weeks ago. How old […]
If I had the chops to write a cookbook, this is exactly the one I’d want to write. It has chapters for one-handed meals (that you can eat with one hand, sadly not cook with one hand), slow cooker dinners, best foods for breastfeeding, and tricks for spreading out the prep among various nap segments. […]