Panel Discussion: How Modern Families Can Find Time to Return to the Dinner Table

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Being a parent in today’s culture is tough. On top of caring for their children, they feel pressure to be model employees, volunteer in their community, and prepare well-balanced, nutritious meals from scratch on a regular basis. Parents are urged to eat fresh and local, and reminded of the importance of that crucial family dinner, which is said to reduce obesity and improve psychological well-being for children. Yet new research shows that putting the nightly dinner on the table also increases stress on parents, especially those in low-income households.

I’ve written extensively about the benefits and difficulties of planning regular meals for your family (read this article in The New York Times). Having family meals is important to my family and me, however, I can understand the pressure that many families feel about mealtime.

On Thursday, November 13, 2014, I will join renowned chef, author, TV personality and philanthropist, Cat Cora; Sarah Bowen, Associate Professor, North Carolina State University, and Latifa Lyles, Director, Women’s Bureau, U.S. Department of Labor for a panel discussion about modern homemaking. The event, hosted by New America, will be held at the NPR headquarters building in Washington, D.C.

If you live in the D.C., I would love to see you in the audience. Click here to RSVP.

Stay Strong,

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Join the conversation: Do you feel pressure to cook a hot meal for your family every night?


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Frederick J. Goodall

Frederick J. Goodall is the founder of Mocha Dad - a parenting website focused on fatherhood. He is passionate about parenting and helping men to be great dads, husbands, and role models. You can contact him at or on Twitter at


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