Preparing meals for our children and other half can be more difficult than it seems at times. From simple things like forgetting vital ingredients, to cutlery or crockery not being washed, to food that you were going to use going past its sell by date, to the food not being cooked properly, there are lots of aspects which can make preparing meals difficult.
Then, of course, you may have to contend with the food not being cooked to everyone’s liking, and especially the children picking at but not really eating their food as it was not what they wanted.
But it is important not to get stressed or worried about mealtimes as, basically, you are preparing a nutritious meal for all the family which will be much better and even tastier than frozen meals which you can just pop in the oven, and it will definitely be extremely cheaper than ordering takeaway food.
If mealtimes do tend to become stressful and make you feel frustrated that your family seemingly do not appreciate the hard work you have put into their meals, there are simple measures you can put in place to help put a stop to the fuss and it will help alleviate the pressure off you.
With your children, if they do not want to eat their meals then you could tell them that if they do not eat their food then they will not get dessert or will not be allowed to play with their toys after dinner or will even go to bed early.
If this still does not work, then you can blend their food up using a food processor - you can find a list of the best ones here - and this may seem more appealing than eating pieces of food which they have to pick up and chew. You could also put extra bits of food in the processor, in order to make it more appealing for your children.
If your other half is the problem when it comes to mealtimes, then you should take the time to explain to them that you have put a lot of thought and energy into making them a nutritious and delicious meal and you would really appreciate it if they ate it and thanked you without making it obvious the meal is not to their tastes. This will, more often than not, result in them feeling guilty and even a little bit embarrassed that you have noticed they are being fussy.
There is no need for mealtimes to be difficult, and you should take the time to put measures in place which will allow you to relax and not stress over making dinner for the family. You are doing a fantastic job of ensuring everyone is healthy and that their diets are good, and you should reassure yourself of your cooking skills. Keep on doing what you are doing and your nutritious cooking will benefit every member of the family immediately and in the long run.
Life as a grandma.. it's no 'quiet, restful days in the rocking-chair'. It's filled with activity, excitement and lots of family fun. Please share it with me.