Here are three things you need to do to make a new habit:
1-- Make a serious commitment, not just run your mouth. As SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives) we are the Queens of Running Mouths. We talk a blue streak, but actually doing something about it takes a while before we get that it isn't the talking about it that will do it, it's the DOING something about it that will do it! For dinner making, that means committing to meal planning, making a grocery list, shopping and then making the time to prepare the meal. It takes a little doing, but it is well worth the effort.
2-- Examine the benefits of doing all of this. It's huge-your children do better in school, are less likely to do all the things you DON'T want them doing and are happier, more secure and nutritionally, better fed. You've heard me talk time and time again of the value of the family dinner table-psychologically, socially and nutritionally. One meal can make that much difference!
3-- Have a back up plan. There is no shame in ordering pizza ONCE IN A WHILE or making breakfast for dinner, or anything else that shortcuts your way to the dinner table. The big thing here is actually EATING together.
And please remember this. No one likes a dinnertime martyr anymore than they like the housekeeping martyr. Don't be afraid to tell "your people" what you need. Have your kids help with dinner (hands on nutrition; life skills that will serve your children forever), have your husband help with grocery shopping and everyone pitch in for dishes. Dinner and meal making can be a family affair if you will help orchestrate it. Have a family meeting, get your crew on board and go for it! It's worth the effort!
Leanne Ely, C.N.C.
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