2:00pm - 3:00pm
How to Get the Most Out of Your Family Dinners: Eat Well, Play, Talk, Experiment, and Engage with the Wider World
As dozens of studies show, family dinner is good for the brain, body, and spirit. Dr. Fishel will lend her perspective as a family therapist, community organizer, and working mother as to how food and conversation has the power to strengthen families, nourish children’s development and well being, and maybe even change the world. After reviewing the science behind the benefits of family dinner, she will discuss the importance of playing with your food, telling stories, and using cooking and dinner as a time to try out new behaviors and spark activism.
Dr. Anne Fishel, Ph. D., is the author of Home for Dinner: Mixing Food, Fun, and Conversation for a Happier Family and Healthier Kids and is a co-founder of The Family Dinner Project. She works both as an Associate Clinical Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School and as the Director of the Family and Couples Therapy Program at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. In her private practice, Dr. Fishel focuses on clinical supervision as well as individual, couples, and family therapy.