Prepping & Preparing
I spent a year as a manic, stressed out, semi-single working parent when the boys were little and Roy was working away during the week (all week, every week ...).
One of my best coping mechanisms was prepping food when I had time rather than when it was necessary. This meant that I could slide in the door late, with 2 kids in tow, grab something pretty much ready from the fridge and whack it in the oven.
Boys in the bath whilst everything heated and then a relaxed ( ish) dinner at a reasonable time.
This strategy has turned out to be a life-saver for me over the years as I generally have a LOT less stress coming into meals. This in turn translates into more relaxed and fun family dinners. Now it doesn't always work of course but mostly it does.
Relaxed family meals are so important for a lot of reasons:
1. I've cooked and I want to enjoy the fruits of my labour
2. Chilled meals are something to look forward to for everyone
3. If I'm relaxed it is more likely that everyone else will be
4. A good atmosphere is conducive to eating well
Max had lost device privileges yesterday and he was at a loose end in the morning. I suggested using his time productively so he didn't have to cook in the afternoon as he was on dinner duty.
Check out the photos as he had most of it done and dusted before 8.00am (yes we do get up stupidly early!!).
Judith is passionate about good food and is even more passionate about enabling other people to enjoy the wide variety of fresh food available today.