When I was in treatment for Stage III, High Risk, Inflammatory Breast Cancer, the amazing nurses from Mills-Peninsula Hospital Labor and Delivery brought us dinner … every night … for a full year … at least when one of Dr. Greene’s patients or my sister (the world’s best sister) wasn’t cooking for us. For a full year, I didn’t ever have to ask, “What’s for dinner?” The amazing support I had is one of the reasons I’m alive today.
I still have an amazing support system. I know dealing with, “What’s for dinner?” is far easier for me to address than many (most?) moms, but even so it can be a daunting task. This week I’d like to share a few tips that make answering that question a little less stressful.
Tip #1: Decide Early in the Day
For several years one of the first questions the kids would ask when they got home from school was, “What’s for dinner?” I have to admit, it burned me. I work from a home office and I really didn’t have time to stop working to figure out what I would be cooking three hours later. I wanted to say, “Trust me, there will be food on the table.”
Then I remembered a tip (thank you Betty Frye) I heard years before from a mother of five – “Decide what you’re going to have for dinner before you start your day.” She went on to explain that her kids knew no matter what else was going on, they had an anchor at dinner. It actually saved her time and stress to decide on the evening’s menu early in the day because she could stop by the store to pick up missing ingredients on her way home from other errands or activities instead of making a special trip out at the last minute.
Now my goal is to decide what we will have for dinner each night before I start my work for that day. It really does save time, and it feels so good to put a check mark beside one thing on my “To Do List” before the day even gets going.
When do you decide what’s for dinner?