Single Parents: Family Dinners Are More Important Than Ever!


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By Jackie Pilossoph, Divorced Girl Smiling Editor-in-Chief

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.


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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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