Why my family eats dinner at 4:00
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My family is VERY busy. All 3 of my kids (5, 8, and 10) are in different activities and our calendar is full every night of the week, that’s Monday through Friday. Our dinner situation is getting out of control. We leave for practices around 5:30 and don’t get home until 7:30- 8:30. This doesn’t give me much time to prepare a meal. We’ve switched things up lately and have been doing dinner a little different and it seems to be working.
We noticed the kids getting cranky. When they got home from school they were eating all kinds of snacks- granola bars, apples, cereal, smoothies, crackers, whatever they could get their hands on. I was using my crock pot a lot and having dinner around 8 or later and they wouldn’t eat! I knew they had to be starving, but no one would eat. I just think it was bed time and they weren’t wanting to eat a big meal that late.
Here’s what I did. I started making dinner earlier and we have been eating at 4:00 the past few weeks. I know it’s a little weird to eat dinner that early and then send them off to do homework, but it seems to be helping with crankiness. It’s also helping them actually eat and not snack. When they get home from their practices they still get a snack, usually the kind that you would normally eat right after school.
I’m still using my crock pot, so I can still run errands and get things done during the day. Here are two of our favorite slow cooker meals, pork salsa verde and roast beef sandwiches. I’m having trouble adjusting some days because I forget to start dinner that early. Today I had to run out and get a rotisserie chicken so we’d have some meat cooked! I put sweet potatoes in the crock pot, but totally forgot everything else. I am loving microwaved vegetables too!
I’m hoping to get on a good schedule so I can get back to some meals that I enjoy and prepare some ahead of time. I’m really happy that everyone is getting a better meal and not snacking. They are eating healthier foods and sleeping better too. Sometimes trying something that seems the craziest will work the best for your family.
My good friend Jenny wrote a great ebook on dinner planning! It’s a must read if you are needing help at dinner! I know I can use all the help I can get.
If you are having dinner issues, maybe try switching up the times for an easy solution.
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