Every darn day we have to feed our families dinner. And on way too many of those days, it’s harder than it should be. We’ve pinpointed 5 of the most common problems that come up during family dinner—and are talking through our solutions, including the strategies we’re road-testing in our very own homes.
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5 Common Challenges with Pulling Off Family Dinner
We talk through these five challenges and offer realistic and doable solutions for each to improve the situation.
- Time: We never have enough!
- Kids Won’t Sit Still: Who else has a toddler who constantly plays with their food??
- One Parent Trying to Do It All: Whomp, whomp. This one can be so hard to manage given busy schedules.
- Expectations Are Too High: Because eating with kids is not the same as eating (and cooking) in life before kids.
- Pickiness: Obviously this is a giant issue for so many families! We have tips you can try today to start to improve things.
And now for the resources we mentioned in the episode…
Family Dinner Meal Prep
Here is a post about Meal Prepping for Family Dinners. I don’t ever do all of this every week, but pick one of these tips and it can make a big difference on those busy weeknights.
Favorite Dinnertime Shortcuts
We love Maya Kaimal Simmer Sauces with chicken, shrimp, and/or rice, jarred marinara sauce with pasta and quinoa, and relying on pasta, sandwiches, and simple tacos for easy (and delicious) family dinners.
First Bites by Bee Wilson
This is such an illuminating book about how we learn to eat and what we can do to change the way we currently eat. Virginia and I highly recommend it—especially if you need a little reassurance that picky eaters aren’t doomed to eat the same three foods for the rest of their lives.
PS. And if you’re a Bee Wilson fan, you should know that she’s a fan of Virginia’s upcoming book — check out her blurb here.
Division of Responsibility
This is the principal of feeding that we love where the parent decides what foods to serve and when the child gets to decide what of it and how much to eat. You can read more about the Division of Responsibility here since I know it can sound daunting to some people!
Meet: Yummy Family Food
I recently launched a new site to complement Yummy Toddler Food. Yummy Family Food is filled with easy family dinners, make-ahead breakfast options, slow cooker meals, and some desserts—because I know those toddlers grow into little kids and that families always need doable and easy dinners they can actually pull off in the midst of busy schedules. I hope you’ll come visit the new site!
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