Episode 134 Weeknight Dinners are Hard, But You Still Have to Do It
Do you ever go on Pinterest looking for the magic recipe? You know, the one that’s easy to make, inexpensive, nutritious and your family eats it without complaint. The recipe that will fix all your weeknight dinner woes.
I hate to break it to you, but even if you find that unicorn of a recipe, you cannot use it five nights a week. Eventually your family will get tired of it, and then you’ve lost the magic of the magic recipe. No single recipe will fix all your weeknight dinner problems.
In Episode 75 I talked about the emotional burden of feeding your family. It’s so much more than picking a recipe. As moms, we try to be aware of the different nutritional needs of each family member. We calculate our kids’ likes and the dislikes to make sure everyone has something they prefer at least every other day. We have to factor in our own energy levels and how much time we have available to cook in between piano lessons and soccer practice. Then there’s the execution: When will I shop? Where will I shop? Did I remember to put everything on the list? All these micro-decisions are part of the process, and they are mentally exhausting.
I am here to give you permission to admit that weeknight dinners are hard. It’s OK to feel that way. But you still have to do it.
Remove the expectation that you will enjoy every minute of the process. Feeding your family is enough. Getting dinner on the table – no matter what it looks like – is enough. Sometimes we have to do hard things, and to some degree dinner is always going to be a job. But just because something is hard does not mean that there is not hope.
Friends, I am here to help. I’m excited to share more about how Feed Your Family Tonight can make the dinner process a little bit easier for your unique family. Join me in the Facebook group, follow me on Instagram and be sure to get your copy of my weekly meal plan sheet. You got this!
Marie Fiebach is a married mother of four active kids. She helps busy families plan and execute weeknight dinner so they can recapture a little calm in the crazy. You can see her every week on KAKE TV’s Good Morning Kakeland or listen to the Feed Your Family Tonight Podcast.
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