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6 Tips To Make Dinner Time Easy
Dinner time, or as most of us call it “The Witching Hour”, can be one of the most stressful times of the day. Often there are screaming, hungry, kids interrupting your every move.
You’re trying to feed them, yet they’re stopping you at every moment to tell you that they’re hungry. It can be a very frustrating time.
So I’ve put together these 6 tips to help make the dinner time process easy:
1. Prepare Before Hand
If you need to prep anything for dinner, do it earlier in the day – when the kids may be distracted. Or if your kids have naps, during that time. Chop onions, cut up tomatoes – do whatever you can BEFORE the witching hour begins. All I do is seal the prepped food into snaplock bags and pop into the fridge until I need it.
2. Put A Movie On
Just give it up: don’t stress about the kids watching TV. It is way better for everyone if they’re distracted and not under your feet. So pop a movie on and move them away from you.
3. Make It Easier On Yourself
Did you know that Hellers (who make my favourite gluten free sausages) have a new range out called My Main Course? The packs that My Main Course have out are designed to help make life simpler for you, whilst not compromising on ingredients.
The range includes Thai Green Curry, Mexican Chicken, Pulled Pork, Savoury Mince, Baked Beans and Green Lentil Dahl. Inside each pack are all the ingredients you need for the base meal. Meaning all you need to decide is which side you want to go with the meal.
All of the instructions you need are on the back of the packs – making it super simple to understand.
4. Get The Kids Involved
As crazy as that sounds, sometimes it works. Getting them involved not only distracts them, but is teaching them at the same time all about how to prepare a meal. Often I’ve found my kids ate more of the meal if they were excited about it – which would often happen if they’re allowed to help out.
I find constantly communicating with my kids about the dinner process, to be quite helpful. I tell them what I’m doing, what stage I’m up to, and how long I have to go.
6. Give Them A Mission
Sometimes kids just need a little direction to help get them distracted. Send them on the hunt around the house for something. Or tell them to go outside and pick six flowers.
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