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Thankfully, embarking on a goal to spend more family dinnertimes together doesn’t have to be difficult. You do not need to fix a six-course meal each night. You don’t even need to cook that great to provide delicious, inexpensive meals that everyone loves. Let’s investigate this.
First, no one is perfect so you’re not going to be either. Life happens. School events happen. But, in this case, this will make eating out an event that is a lot better than going through the drive-through and shoving it down. When your child has an event try to plan a nice family dinner at a decent place. Even a nice place with big servings isn’t that expensive if you share. If you’re sitting down at a table for the dinner and conversing, it’s almost as good as home.
Switch to Breakfast Together When Necessary
One way to mitigate issues with dinnertime is if you see that your after-school schedule is a nightmare is to wake the kids up a little early and enjoy a nice sit-down breakfast at the table instead of dinnertime that night. You can make things like overnight breakfast casserole so that all you do is pop it into the oven when you get up, everyone gets ready, then it’ll be hot and ready. Toss everything in the dishwasher on your way out. Don’t forget to let the kids help. Even a first grader can put their dishes in the dishwasher.
Create A Plan
One reason drives to the fast food restaurant happen is lack of planning. You really do need to look at the calendar to figure out what your work schedule is like, what each child needs to do after school, and of course what your spouse is doing too. Either spouse can be involved in cooking and preparing dinner and so can older children. Just watch Master Chef Junior if you don’t think kids are capable. Look at your family calendar and be realistic about what you’re preparing for dinner and when.
Feed Your Freezer
A fabulous way to cut down on time and to save money is to cook in bulk. You don’t even have to set aside a special day. You can feed your freezer as you go. So tonight, if you’re preparing lasagna cook two and freeze one. Many casseroles are freezer friendly and they’re always awesome since you can cook them in one dish saving time on cleanup.
Get Your Kids (and Spouse) to Help
It’s been mentioned but you really aren’t alone in this. You have your family. Even if you’re a single mom you can work with other single moms to help prepare dinners, eat together, and combine the work. But most of the time married mothers are the ones doing all the cooking even today. Stop that. Take turns, do it together, teach the children how to cook and clean too. It’s a life skill everyone needs to develop.