There is a common struggle that moms have in all seasons of parenting. Getting dinner on the table.
While I am not a fan of running a busy life…. it sneaks up on us. The busy. The go, go, go.
Soon it is 6:00 pm and we have no idea what we’re making for dinner. We think our family wants a fancy meal that takes hours and hours to prepare. We discount the peace that meal planning brings into our home.
I am here to tell you one thing… stop lying to yourself.
When I went from one child to four children, in a very short period of time, it was sink or swim. I had to figure out a way to get dinner on the table for our family or we were going to be eating drive thru for the rest of our lives.
I soon developed a five step meal planning method that I have been using for years. I now go to local mom events and talk about my method and share my tips.
You know what I see over and over again? Moms are so hard on themselves! We think that it is a competition. We think that dinner has to meet the exceptions of some fancy event.
The fact is, this is just a lie.
I know what your kids want for dinner tonight. Do you know what it is?
They want dinner around the table as a family. They want us to ask about their day. They want us to listen. They want us to interact and engage.
They honestly will eat just about whatever you serve them. They want us- family time.
Listen, I get it. Life is hard. But if you will make the commitment now to eat dinner at home as a family as much as you can this school year, you will be so pleased and glad you did.
And so will those sweet kids and that amazing husband of yours.
This video of my last shopping trip (up above) will crack you up. You will also want to come back and check out one of my favorite cornbread recipes that I have been making for years. It starts with a Martha White cornbread package base. Then we kick it up a notch and make it all Latino-style.
Yep, my kiddos eat this! And it goes perfect with a pot of pinto beans. Yum. (You can find your local Kroger store here.)
Are you willing to make the commitment and eat dinner at home around the table as a family as often as possible?
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