Posted by: workforcookies | March 26, 2009

Dinner

Dinner. It’s got six letters, but as far as I’m concerned it should have four.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to eat. But ever since kids, dinner has shape-shifted from a form of entertainment into a form of torture. I fly into the house every evening shortly after 5:30 and have to have D*&%R on the table by 6 or face a screaming two-year-old who is beyond hungry and can’t stop fussing long enough to solve his problem by putting a meatball in his mouth. Honestly, the other night while my son sat in front of a plate full of food throwing a fit, I asked him what was wrong.
“Well, I’m upset,” he told me.
“I see that. Can you tell me why are you upset?” I implored.
“Well, I’m upset because I didn’t have enough dinner.”
I was speechless.
The good news is, I’ve found one way to make dinner easier—at least one night a week. I teamed up with a girlfriend on my block who is also a working mom with kids very near my kids’ ages. Every other Thursday they come to our house for dinner. On the alternate Thursdays, we go to theirs. We keep it simple—usually a stir fry or something in the Crockpot or maybe a lasagna. On the Thursday nights we spend at their house, I get a total break from cooking. But even the nights that I host seem easier than my usual solo act with the kids. Perhaps it’s because they are so distracted by their friends that they forget to misbehave at the table. And after dinner they get to play while the adults clean up the kitchen.
What are some ways you’ve found to make dinner easier?

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Responses

  1. I agree about the “D” word. Although, I am happy to tell you, for us, it has become easier!! Eating has been a major issue for Cody, he doesn’t eat enough and then he gets in a REALLY bad mood, for hours. He still doesn’t eat anything green, red or orange, (unless you are talking green M&Ms, red gummy bears and Cheetos…..)
    We eat LOTS of Tacos, spagetti, Beef Stroganoff and Nachos. I am more of a “let’s try something different” kind of gal, but not my husband or Cody. The other boys are in the middle. I have compromised by eating lots of predictable meals with the occasional new taste. Not as much fun but really easier in the long run.

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