Children

The Most Stylish and Easy-to-Clean Highchairs — Shopping

When my girls were little, my parents had this hand-me-down high chair they would haul out for visits. It was just brutal. It was big and bulky, even when it was folded closed, with these plasticky-looking feet and an ostensibly comfy seat cushion that would catch crumbs in the stitching. Sure, it was functional in that it held the kids up to table height for meals, but man that thing was ugly!

In a small space, especially, it makes a difference to have a stylish highchair. Plus, you want a cool one in those early years when you're struggling between feeling like your formerly cool self and feeling like you've totally given in to being a parent. And you want something that'll look as cute as your baby in those Instagram photos.

Because you will be looking at that thing — and wiping strained spinach and spaghetti off it — every day for the next few years, here are a few highchairs that are actually stylish, and easy to clean, too.

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Recipe: Skillet Apple Crisp — Easy Dessert Recipes

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Apple crisp is an absolute must come fall. Requiring a fraction of the work of apple pie, apple crisp still delivers on autumnal delight: warm, fragrant apples bathed in sweet cinnamon, topped with a crisp, crumbly oat mixture that makes the perfect contrast in each bite. Want to make apple crisp even better? Build it in an oven-safe skillet and you can go straight from sautéing your apples to baking the whole thing in the oven without dirtying an extra pan.

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How a Plate Solved Mealtime Woes for a Mom and Her Autistic Son — Dinner with Kids

Mealtime used to come with massive amounts of stress and anxiety for Jen Anderson, of Kirkland, Washington. "I dreaded meals to the point where I felt sick to my stomach in anticipation," she says. Her son Levi was diagnosed with autism when he was 3 1/2 years old, and getting him to eat was nearly impossible. "Levi couldn't stay seated for more than 10 seconds at a time," she says. "He didn't recognize the feeling of hunger. And only ate foods that were starchy and unhealthy." Some days, he'd barely eat anything at all.

Of course, Jen and her husband tried everything. They spent thousands of dollars on a board-certified behavioral analyst who would make house calls to work with Levi. "Even she couldn't get him to eat." They'd make a blanket fort under the table, give him toothpicks instead of a fork, let him eat in front of the television, and anything else they could think of.

It was a painful situation for many reasons. For starters, they worried their son wasn't getting the nutrients he needed. They also got disapproving comments and looks from people (including friends and family!). They couldn't go out to eat as a family and Jen even started avoiding other moms and play dates. Jen was at the end of her rope and didn't know what to do.

But then, nearly two years ago when Levi was 5 1/2, she found something that changed their lives: a plate.

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How To Make Chicken and Broccoli Stir-Fry in Any Pan — Cooking Lessons from The Kitchn

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Chicken and vegetable stir-fry should be a staple of every home cook's weekly meal plan — it's quick-cooking, flavorful, and can be better than takeout with just a few key ingredients and one brilliant step. If you've spent anytime at the stove trying to stir-fry without a wok and found that your chicken and vegetables sauté rather that stir-fry, then this recipe is for you.

With expert advice from Grace Young and a deep dive into the pure magic that is velveting chicken for stir-fry, this is literally everything you need to know to make a better weeknight stir-fry without a wok.

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School Lunches in America Face Health and Cost Concerns — Food News

The status of school lunch in America is far from perfect. Between unhealthy options and lunch shaming, there's tremendous room for improvement when it comes to how and what children in the nation are being fed.

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The Things Emotionally Healthy Families Do at the Dinner Table — Table Talk

Some nights it feels like a major feat if everyone in my family eats dinner — let alone the idea of us all doing it together. As in, at the same time. With both kids involved in travel sports and my husband and I ending work at different times, we often graze in shifts: My sons get fed by their sitter, I scarf down hummus and carrots (and, ahem, some brie), and my husband hoovers up the leftovers.

But no matter how crazy life gets, I know there are good reasons to slow down and sync up for the family-meal thing. The simple act of sitting down for a shared meal on a regular basis brings health and happiness benefits. Children who eat with their families are less likely to be depressed and may do better in school, according to research.

There's no question that eating slowly with friends and family (as they do in Italy and Greece) is better for your heart and waistline than our typical American wham-bam eating mode.

The good news: You don't have to bend over backwards trying to create rituals that'll actually work in the real world. Here's what busy, happy families do to make mealtimes matter.

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