As a Homeschooling Mom with very busy, active kids, I do not have much time to menu plan. I have, in the past, sat down for hours putting a week’s worth of meal plans together. I would go through my cabinets to find out what we have, pull out our recipe books and pick which meals we could eat with what we have, write out a shopping list of what I would need to buy, pull out coupons to match and then finally go shopping. It really did take hours and hours, with most weeks at about 4 hours per week’s worth of groceries. I decided about a year ago, enough was enough. Something had to give.
Our biggest challenge as parents has to be get our whole family on board with chores. No one likes doing chores, but by working together as a family, we are able to accomplish a lot more in less time. This of course leaves more time for play, and everyone likes that. By focusing on all the benefits of getting the kids involved in chores, we are able to not only expect their help, but show them why their help is go beneficial to them and us as a family. What do I mean by focusing on these benefits? What I mean is that when your child starts to give you attitude about helping with the housework we are able to pull out of our hat one of these benefits. We are able to talk about how important it is for them to help and why. Kids LOVE to have their why questions answered, and by talking to them about these benefits we are able to give them those answers. What are these benefits to the kids we are talking about?