Time is precious as is. You are trying to be efficient with your time, yet be there for yourself and family. Often completing family tasks are endless like washing dishes or clothes, or even grocery shopping. However, with careful planning of certain tasks, you can dedicate more time for other tasks like spending time with your family or yourself.
Although family meals are special moments that strengthen bonds, often time it can be stressful as you prepare a meal because you may not know what to cook until the last minute. Then you realize you are missing an ingredient or two.
Use a calendar to plan your family meals. This is an advantage because you can buy ingredients in advance. If this is your first time doing this, or it has never worked out for you in the past, plan only for one week at a time. When family menus become a habit, slowly increase planning to two weeks, then a week extra when you feel it is time.
Not sure what to plan when preparing family meals?
Get your family involved. Ask for input or ideas on what kinds of meals to cook, or you can even designate a day for a family member to choose meals for. How you get your family involved is up to you.
Happy menu planning!