If you’re like me, you get tired of your kids complaining about what’s for dinner – especially when it’s already on the table! To get around this, I have implemented a “Meal Requests Board” in my kitchen. We have a giant white board where anyone can write down their requests for the upcoming week. This empowers everyone in the family – they don’t get to beg for certain foods (at usually inopportune times, like when dinner’s in the oven) and I can make what they like more often and avoid arguments.
But still I find that mealtime prep can be painful, especially when I have to feed everyone by 4 p.m. (okay, I’m exaggerating a bit – but doesn’t it feel like that sometimes?) in order to deliver the kids to evening sports and classes. And embarrassingly, I often find myself in the grocery store walking aimlessly through the aisles trying to remember the requests and what I already have at home. Inevitably I forget a crucial item…
When I do have my act together, I try to order my groceries online, because I tend to wander less and actually spend less (because I don’t impulse shop). I can also pause my grocery order and check the cupboards or fridge – or help the kids with their homework. And when my distractions last longer than anticipated (like a day!), I can go back and pick up where I left off.
I don’t think I will ever elevate to the status of super organized mom – who plans the week’s meals every Sunday night and does all her shopping accordingly. But what I do know is I have a few systems in place (my meal request board and the option to order my groceries online) that help me succeed…but only if I’m willing to plan ahead!