It’s not new news that we as a society tend to overschedule our kids. The internet abounds with blogs and articles on it. But the thing is, even with limiting the number of activities our children are involved in, our lives quickly become very very busy, which makes it very very easy to resort to drive thru or processed convenience foods.
For our family, we made a conscious decision that each kid gets one activity, but even that makes for a busy week. School starts for my six year old tomorrow, but flag football season started a couple weeks ago. At SIX he has practices twice a week with once a week games. And of course practices start at 6 PM – otherwise known as dinner time. My four year old starts peewee soccer in a week or two, with practices one evening a week and once a week games. That makes 3 nights a week with practices in the middle of dinner time. And these guys are YOUNG. The sports they’re in aren’t that serious yet. AND… only two of the three are in activities for now. Once they get just a little older, I easily anticipate a weekly schedule with multiple practices EVERY NIGHT. But wait, we hear all the time how important sit down family dinners are… Luckily, with me at home, it is possible for us to eat a ridiculously early dinner to accommodate the schedule, and since my husband travels a lot during the week, he wouldn’t be home for those dinners anyways. But even with me here, there is an intense temptation to go the easy route on those nights. I can only imagine how difficult it would be for families where both parents work.
This is part of the reason that as I’ve been trying to be less processed I’m focusing on replicating traditional convenience foods (chicken nuggets, frozen pizza, mac and cheese, etc.). Anticipating that the next few weeks are going to quickly get crazy, I now need to really focus on filling my freezer with these options, or I can very easily see myself getting sucked back into our previous processed lifestyle. Which means I need to get off this computer and get busy in the kitchen!
How do you balance nutritious meals with hectic schedules?