10 Ways We Learned to Feed Our Families Better

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It feels like just when you get the hang of cooking for yourself or for yourself and your significant other, it’s time to start learning to cook for a family. From getting anything on the table when you have a newborn, to trying to get your older kids (especially teenagers) to help in the kitchen, feeding your family can seem like a challenge.

Thankfully there’s plenty of advice out there for making dinnertime feel like less of a battle, and more like the family dinner you envisioned. Here are our best takeaways from 2015.

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The littlest ones may just be watching you, but even having them in the kitchen is a good way to start them out with a love of cooking.

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When it comes to teaching teens the basics, start at the beginning and teach them how to shop for and store their food.

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The last thing you want to do is give them more work to do.

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Yes, we’d all like to be able to bake the perfect sourdough boule, but knowing how to get dinner on the table is far more practical.

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When you’re teaching your teen or tween to cook, make sure they know how to turn a pot of pasta into a full-fledged meal.

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At least from the menace known as the toddler who won’t eat anything.

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Most importantly, have a plan and stick to it.

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There are a few dos and don’ts that will make your life much easier when you’re newly sleep deprived.

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We asked you how you handled your picky eaters, and you guys came through. Here are the nine best pieces of advice.

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If you did everything right but still ended up with a persnickety eater, relax — we have tips on how to cope.

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