It’s nothing as sentimental as seeing your child hurt by a friend’s angry words. It’s not the constant whining or the begging for other people to clean up after themselves or get dressed on time. It’s not schlepping people to and from activities that they often complain about going to. No, it’s not doing laundry or picking up toys. It’s not even cooking. The cooking I can handle.
It’s figuring out what the eff to make for dinner every night. It’s thinking up some meal that is nutritious, that everyone in the family will eat, and that fits into our schedule. It’s varying the menu enough that people will eat a dish when it’s made again. It’s thinking up enough meals at a time that I don’t have to go to the frigging Fairway every single day of my life to pick up some item that’s needed for dinner. It’s looking at all of the lovely ideas on Pinterest and realizing that they ALL have dairy in them and one person in our family automatically can’t eat them. It’s scouring the internet for “family friendly dinner ideas,” “quick and easy meals,” and “crock pot recipes.” It’s wondering if people actually have children who will eat southwest taco pie or artichoke and goat cheese flatbread pizza.
My kids eat a wide variety of foods, as does my husband. They like plenty of veggies and lean meats. They aren’t very fond of sauces or anything casserole-ish. There are actually quite a few meals in my repertoire. The hard part is finding the dish that they will all eat on that particular night and figuring that out ahead of time so that I can purchase the ingredients and then making it in the time I have in which to make it. In short, it is my personal Hell. I’m not asking for dinner ideas, although dairy-free, not too mixed up with sauce ideas are welcome. I’m not looking for tips on family nutrition, we’re doing just fine and have found a diet that suits us. I’m just wondering if I’m the only mom out there who HATES figuring out the meals. If I could pay someone to do just one part of my job as a mother, this would be the one. I would gladly pay to have someone just tell me what to cook. No, not just tell me what to cook, but tell me what to cook that will make these people happy. Oh what I would pay for that.