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How to Create Mealtime Bliss continued...

"Put the meat in the marinade in the morning or wash the vegetables and boil the macaroni or potatoes for salads the night before," says Schettler. "The less you have to do at mealtime, the more relaxed you will be and the more relaxed your family will feel."

4. Keep It Real

Although it would be great if you could make every meal a shelter from the storm, realistically, there are days when that's just not going to happen.

"Family meals do not have to take place every night," says Van Berber, "nor do they need extensive planning."

To make relaxing meals a reality, she says, schedule them on your calendar. And remember, that dinnertime isn't the only time you can have a special meal.

"If breakfast is easier to plan than a dinner meal, make a commitment to gather in the morning several times a week," she says.

 

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