Thanksgiving Table Talk


As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s the perfect opportunity to engage your child in conversation around the family table. It’s also an opportunity to begin incorporating good nutritional habits as well as social standards.

According to Thomas Robinson, MD, professor of pediatrics and medicine and director of the Center for Healthy Weight at Stanford Medicine Children’s Health, healthy eating choices and talking with your kids are crucial to the development of healthy eating habits.

As an example Robinson says, “Don’t let technology get in the way. Kids, who are paying attention to a small screen, or a large one, are not getting the social and psychological benefits of a family dinner.”

We have several more tips that will help you get the conversation started. And Dr. Robinson and his team have helped thousands of children and families achieve and maintain healthy weights. He offers tips for keeping all kinds of eaters on track, from picky eaters to children who may be eating too much.

Find out why family dinner makes all the difference at

Let us know if you have tips that have helped your family.

One Response to “Thanksgiving Table Talk”

  1. Nancy Sanchez

    Great article, Kelly! Thanks for the reminders…6 grandkids under the age of 8 at our Thanksgiving table this year. Everything in the article reflects the philosophy of Ellyn Satter and we highly support this philosophy in the community classes.

    Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!


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