I went back to school earlier this month. Before that I had been on maternity leave, at home with my kids, for over a year. There have been many changes, not the least of which are food related:
- grocery shopping
- menu planning
- meal preparation
- doing the dishes
My whole routine is up in the air, and I need to relearn everything that I had somewhat managed to become remotely proficient in! No more shopping on one set day of the week, now I’ll need to fit it in to my time table. No more letting the dishes slide until the end of the afternoon, now the dishwasher needs to be run every night and emptied every morning to avoid evening meltdowns (both parent and children related).
I’ve already implemented the following changes:
- looked at my schedule for the week, and planned which evenings were for what meal
- made several meals in advance to freeze
- cooked dinner the night before several times, for evenings when we were going to be home late
- planned a few ‘really easy throw together meals’ like mac n cheese with hot dogs
Luckily I don’t need to worry about packing lunches for my kids; the nanny picks them up from school and feeds them at her house. My husband and I have also been able to eat leftovers for our lunches. If there ever aren’t any leftovers- well my husband’s a big boy and can fend for himself!
How about you? How do you deal with food and stress, juggling working, cooking and family (kids or not)? I want to hear all your brilliant advice, tips and suggestions!