The end is nigh… Kick start to Term 1
Insights from a mum of two primary school aged boys
It’s been nice knowing you summer school holidays. We’ve had a blast with lots of memories made. My boys have thrived in the various Hawke’s Bay camp sites and beaches visited, and you’ve really turned on the weather – thank you.
With routines lost, it’s going to be a bit of a challenge to get back into our rhythm next week…. Sensible bed times, packed lunches, and getting to the classroom on time. Challenge accepted. There was a vague New Year’s resolution made to be more organised this year, including meal planning – this is my chance to shine.
It can be a juggle to find meal ideas, that both fit within a budget and please the discerning taste buds of those you live with, especially young children who can be fussy. I get excited when I cook a new recipe, only to feel somewhat deflated if it’s been rejected by the kids. Yes, there are some tried and true favourites, but mixing it up in the kitchen keeps me enthused.
So, to keep things in perspective as we settle into the first term of the school year, let’s remind ourselves there are many perks to having at least a rough idea of what will be for dinner in the days ahead. This can help take the pressure off late afternoon/early evening, when you are suddenly struck with the question, “what’s for dinner”?
The Pros of Meal Planning
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Do you have any meal planning life hacks you can share? We would love to hear them.