If there’s anything I’ve learned so far as a mother of four, it’s that kids grow up fast, which means that they’re also constantly changing. Being able to adapt to what my kids like to eat is so important to me, especially with our busy schedules. As moms, we want to make things as quick and easy as possible while still having a meaningful impact on our children’s lives. So how do we do that with food? If you catered to each of your child’s preferences, between breakfast, lunch, and dinner, you’d be spending hours each day in the kitchen. This is a totally unrealistic situation for most moms–we’ve got a lot going on! I’m here to share some insight with you about how I feed my family of 6 throughout the week without the stress of spending hours in the kitchen.
One of the most convenient resources that I love to use as a busy mom are meal subscription boxes! Our family uses Hello Fresh, a meal subscription service that provides you with all of the ingredients and instructions you need to make a meal right at your doorstep! These subscription services are so handy for moms who want to provide a “home-cooked” meal for their family, but aren’t too handy in the kitchen. The recipes included are always so simple to follow and they take no time at all to prepare. There are different options for delivery, meal sizes, and food preferences, so if you’re looking for a simple way to have great meals with your family, consider a meal subscription service.
My family is all about quick and easy (and fun!). In our house, we have pizza night as a family usually once a week. You’d be surprised to know that though I’m a fitness enthusiast, I’m not someone who enjoys cooking at all. Along with some meal subscription boxes, we usually go for meals that are easy and that don’t take a lot of time to prepare. Between everyone’s schedules, sometimes it’s just so much easier to grab a pizza and enjoy it together while we catch up and share stories about our day. Not to mention, our kids will probably remember pizza night well into their adulthood. Making core memories with our family is so much more important than standing in the kitchen in front of the stove for hours prepping a meal.
At the end of the day, all that really matters is that everyone’s bellies are full in my house! Sometimes, I’ll admit that I really just can’t bring myself to even order that pizza, so my kids head to the pantry and pour a bowl of cereal–and this doesn’t make us bad moms! We’re all human and I think that it’s important to teach our kids compassion, too. While it is your responsibility to provide for them, you don’t have to feel obligated on the harder days to give more than you have to give. Overextending yourself will only result in burnout and frustration when it comes to taking care of the kiddos and doing things around the house. You need to feel your best in order to give your family your best, so focus on that first in moments of exhaustion. You’re not cutting corners by giving your kids leftovers or cereal for dinner, but rather showing them that you have healthy boundaries when it comes to taking care of yourself, too.
There is no “right” way to feed your family, so get those misconceptions out of your mind! You can provide for your family in ways that give you peace of mind as well as the freedom to be the busy mom that you are. Your life doesn’t have to be centered around preparing 3 meals a day for yourself AND your family. Having the options available to utilize meal subscriptions, takeout, and other quick meals do not make you a lazy mom at all–you’re using these resources to make your quality of life bigger and better! For more information about what I do and how I can help you conquer your busy life, CLICK HERE!
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