The pressure to sit down together has become overwhelming. 

By Real Simple
Updated October 23, 2015
Woman serves turkey at family dinner
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Between long hours at the office and the kids' extracurricular schedules, family dinner isn't often a reality. But the pressure to sit down together has become exhausting—and can make us feel incompetent if we aren't making it to the table.

On this week’s episode of “Thing’s Cooks Know,” Jenny Rosenstrach, a celebrated cookbook author and creator of the blog Dinner: A Love Story, joins Sarah Collins and Sarah Karnasiewicz to discuss how we can change the conversation surrounding family dinner. She talks about why we need to stop thinking about it as a problem to solve, and instead view it as a source of joy and pleasure.

They also discuss the elements of family dinners that can be translated to other activities, so that if dinnertime isn't a reality, quality time can still be worked in. Kids find comfort in any kind of family ritual, and it only takes a few days for it to become a routine, Rosenstrach says.

For more tips, listen to the full episode below. Don't forget to subscribe and review on iTunes!