What’s so important – and stressful – about family dinner?

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Stress is something we migraineurs try to manage as much as possible. Those of us with families, however, often experience the day-to-day obligations of family life as one of our most potent stressors. If that’s you, and you (like me) struggle with stress over family dinners, check out this great post over at Science of Mom.

The Science of Mom

A recent study about the stress of getting family meals on the table has been getting lots of attention from both the media and moms. A Slate piece, “Let’s Stop Idealizing the Home-Cooked Family Dinner,” posted Wednesday, has already garnered 3.5K comments on the article itself and more than 26K Facebook shares. This has obviously struck a nerve. While feeding a family is a big and often stressful job, some perspective about why we do it and what matters most about family meals might be helpful to families feeling the mealtime crunch.

The study itself, titled “The Joy of Cooking?”, was published in Contexts, a publication of the American Sociological Association geared to be accessible to the general public. The paper itself is a really interesting read and freely available online.

Researchers in the sociology and anthropology departments at North Carolina State University conducted the…

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