In a guest post on The New York Times' Motherlode blog, freelance writer Leah Ariniello confesses that she recently, and guiltily, made the decision to forgo stressful family dinners in favor of one meal for her kids and a later meal for herself and her husband. More dinnertime shenanigans from around the blogosphere -- from breakfast-making preschoolers to using dessert as a bribe -- after the jump...
Giving Up on Family Dinners: Says NY Times Motherlode guest blogger Leah Ariniello, "I've tried this whole shared meal business before and once again I feel defeated. And once again, I decide to go back to essentially having two dinners, one for my kids and then one with my husband when he gets home later in the evening."
The Secret Ingredient Is Pectin: Julie at A Little Pregnant hasn't given up on the family dinner. Her secret: using dessert to encourage good behavior. She tells the hilarious story of what happened the first time she was forced to withhold an after-dinner treat.
Age-Appropriate Children's Chores: Can your four-year-old make her own breakfast cereal? Does your teenager cook simple meals for your family? Type A Mom Lisa Hallas provides lists of household jobs for kids from two-year-olds to teenagers.
Also on the food front, we're excited to announce two new cookbooks coming out of two of our favorite parenting blogs: