It's the first day of school holidays and I'm feeling quite flat and tired. It's been a mad 2 months with lots of late nights and weekend work.
Although it's "holidays" that's not what ends up happening for many parents. Yes, the kids are no longer in their routines, but we're still stuck in ours :)
My boys are getting older now. This makes many things a whole lot easier. They are more independent, can do most things for themselves and are less likely to need me to entertain them.
On the other hand that nascent independence means they are less likely to want to do things that are not top of their "want to do" list.
We've always had a deal where there are no school holiday programs, in return for them cooking dinner every night. Now my teen is debating this as he can of course legally be left alone in the house.
As they are not contributing during term-time I feel that 5 meals across 2 weeks is more than fair. I'm not sure they will agree so wish me luck :)
Although I can see debate over the cooking being a daily complaint, I also know that overall I am very, very lucky. My boys will eat most things happily. They are appreciative of food and veggies are not a battle.
I know that school holidays can be quite depressing for many parents in a food sphere. Watching a fussy child eat a very limited range of foods, and be fearful of anything new is super challenging.
What I'd like to know is how best to help parents.
If you could have any sort of help available, at no cost, what would that look like?
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.