But the family dinner is important to me, so I am OK with taking on the responsibility most nights to make sure it happens.
That particular hour of the day - no matter what may have happened during my time at work - has become my most stressful hour. I find it more stressful than mornings and trying to get out the door on time.
And yet, I have it easier than a lot of mothers. I work a fairly regular schedule, so - barring traffic - I get home at around the same time each night. I also have a large repertoire of recipes that my family eats (although I like to find new ones when I can). Some mothers aren't so lucky.
My challenge now is to find ways to make my most stressful hour of the day a little better. Here is what I am trying:
- I'm not the solo decision-maker on meals anymore. In addition to letting my son choose dinner one night a week, I am requesting that my husband also tell me at least one meal that he wants to eat during the week.
- Prep work on the weekends. I try to spend some time on Sundays chopping things for the rest of the week.
- Meal planning around my faster meals. I have an amazing recipe for chicken enchiladas, but it takes more than an hour to make. Clearly, that is for weekends only.
- My crockpot: Dump. Heat. Eat.
- Lists. No big surprise here, but in addition to my weekly lists, I've started making myself daily lists of any dinner prep I need to accomplish in my mornings (like starting the bread machine.)
- Mise en place.
What's your most stressful hour of the day and what are your tips for getting through it? Tell me in the comments.