By Gretchen Roberts
Planning meals is a pain if no one likes the food you're making. Instead of blindly guessing what everyone wants to eat, take requests, says Susan Tordella, author of Raising Able: How Chores Cultivate Capable Young People. "Have a family meeting and ask what everyone's favorite food is, and put it on the menu for Sunday's meal," she says. Voila—fewer complaints, more help in the kitchen, and more clean plates.