Single Parents: Family Dinners Are More Important Than Ever!

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By Jackie Pilossoph, Creator and Editor-in-chief, Divorced Girl Smiling site, podcast and app, Love Essentially columnist and author

In this week’s Love Essentially, I offer advice not just to single parents, but to all parents, including working parents and working single parents! Having dinner together as a family is so important for so many reasons. I remember when I was first separated, this went by the wayside, because I didn’t really feel like we were a family anymore. Well, guess what? You are! Wonderful, happy and joyful things happen at the dinner table, and if you don’t have one, you will miss out on them. So, here is the article, which offers tips for single parents on how to make family dinners happen more often.

 

 

8 ways to simplify and enhance your family dinner experience

by Jackie Pilossoph for Chicago Tribune Media Group

Being a divorced working mom certainly has its challenges. Trying to balance a job, run a business, raise the kids, run errands, manage a household, adhere to social obligations, work out and still find time to have some fun can feel overwhelming and stressful.

One huge source of anxiety might seem trivial to some, but I can tell you it troubles me to no end. I ask myself on a daily basis: What are we having for dinner tonight?

I have to believe that most parents – regardless of gender, marital status or job status – share my angst in figuring out what to cook every night, whether or not to go out or stay in, how to please everyone’s taste buds and diets, and how to get your family to sit down together at the dinner table and talk for an hour or so.

So, when I attended a recent networking meeting and met Anita Brown, a North Shore culinary coach who teaches men, women and kids how to cook and be comfortable in their kitchens, I felt an opportunity arise.

 

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I cornered Brown and explained my dilemma. She assured me that I am not alone.

Click here to read the rest of the article, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press.

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Divorced Girl Smiling is here to empower, connect and inspire you. Jackie Pilossoph is the creator and Editor-In-Chief of Divorced Girl Smiling, the site, the podcast and the app. A former television journalist and newspaper features reporter, Pilossoph is also the author of four novels and the writer of her weekly relationship column, Love Essentially. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism and lives in Chicago with her two teenagers. The author of the novels, Divorced Girl Smiling and Free Gift With Purchase, Pilossoph also writes the weekly dating and relationships advice column, “Love Essentially”, published in the Chicago Tribune Pioneer Press and the Chicago Tribune online. Additionally, she is a Huffington Post contributor. Pilossoph holds a Masters degree in journalism from Boston University.

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