Blogging Parents Magazine:The Stress-Free Dinner

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What will we make for dinner tonight? It's the question that is always running through our mind. What ingredients do we have in the fridge- do we need to stop at the store and pick anything up? There's so much planning and preparation that goes into the simple act of eating dinner every night. Sometimes what should be a time for your family to come together and relax ends up being a stressful time.

We're curious- do you have a sit down meal with your family at night?

Parents Magazine has some great tips for restoring that family meal time. Click below the jump for a few ideas.

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• Spend some quality time playing with the kids first.

• To make meal planning easier- you can type in the ingredients you already have at allrecipes.com. Other suggestions: Narrate like you're on the Food Network to get the kids involved, order your groceries, and offer an appetizer tray for the kids.

• Turn off the TV, dim the lights, and remove any piles of paper from the table area. Then you're free to talk to each other about the day's highlights.