How, in the world, am I supposed to get this all done? I am a mother, wife, and homeschooler. I want it all but I seem to be half stepping in every area. Everyday I feel like all I think about is organizing meals. I just can’t take it! I’m trying to keep it together. I am just now starting to get a groove for our schedule and have begun to organize our meals in a different way.
I love it when I feel like I am developing a good habit. Trying to keep the children together, involved, and learning with out it feeling too overwhelmed, is important to me. I have recognized that if I tell my children something, they MAKE me keep my word. I have begun to implement weekly meal schedules. Figuring out what works best for our family can be a challenge, but it is beginning to finally work. Once a week, one of my children and I head out to the grocery store to pick up our groceries for the week. We make a list of the ingredients for the meals and stick to it.
How I’m Doing It
Instead of buying just a bunch of items, I actually figure out what it is I will cook for the week, and purchase according to those recipes. This has proven to eliminated several trips to the grocery store during the week.
I’ve also gotten my children involved which has been pretty exciting. They are learning what to look for on the labels and learning the value of a dollar. Involving them in this process has proven to be a positive journey to our organization battle for our meals and everything else!
Cooking several meals one day as early as possible has proven to be the best and easiest tactic for my family. If I can wake before everyone else does I am more than able to finish 3 to 4 meals in about an hour and a half. The key is not trying to be the best chef but make simple meals that you know your family will enjoy.
Hope this has been helpful to you. We are learning as we go and hopefully we can learn from each other to make our lives more simple.