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How to Cringe Less When You Hear the Words: What's for Dinner?

by Kimberly Schroeder

posted in Home and Family

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Grown-ups, does your family really have to eat every day?
I don't know about you but my family seems to think they are supposed to eat EVERY DAY! You would think I would get on board with this idea and actually plan out what I was going to make. After being married for almost 15 years (October), I still don't have a system for meals/menu planning. Why is this? Would it really reduce my stress when the kids ask, "What's for dinner?"
Why have I resisted for this long? My nature has me rebelling before I have even thought of the situation, this happens in all aspects of my life. Someone tells me, "You should wash your clothes every week." Instantly I'm thinking, "NO, I shouldn't! I should do what I want! You can't boss me around!". But what if...
What if we could develop a simple menu planning system that would reduce our stress, inform everyone what's for dinner & even save us some cash at the store? We wouldn't have to tell anyone that we developed said system. Hmmmm...
If we were to hypothetically develop a simple menu planning system, how would we go about doing that? What if we set a timer for 5 minutes and start writing all the main dishes our family has on a regular basis. Then set it again for 5 minutes and do sides. We'd have a list of typical meals for our house, and we didn't have to over think anything. Alrighty! Let's add an element of fun. Gather 2 containers, cut "mains" into individual strips and put into one container. Do the same for the "sides" and put in the other container. Now have the kids choose one of each and write it down for each day of the week.
We now have a week's/month's/couple days' worth of meals! We can then set the timer for 5-10 minutes and write out our grocery list. A little bit of work, but the time spent with the kids may be worth it! After we go to the store we'll have everything on hand that we need to make said meals & we are free to choose any one that we want!
What do you think? Do you think this is worth the effort? Does the timer create more stress or less stress for you? Do you have any creative ideas to accomplish the same mission of knowing what's for dinner, having everything on hand & maybe just maybe not cringing each time you hear, "Ma, what's for dinner?"
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