This month I am focusing on taking back meal time with that family of mine. For me to do that, I need a bit of organization on my part, so that when dinner time comes around I actually have something to put on the table. This morning I have compiled ten tips that have helped me make meal planning successful. I know that if we make it a priority, we will be able to reap the benefits of having family meal time. We will be able to be involved in our children's lives, eat healthier meals, and have an all around good time!
Put forth the effort- Just like with any goal we make in life, saying we will do something is not enough. We must put some action behind our words. Saying you will make a menu plan is just blowing smoke, you must actually put some action into what you are saying. Sit down, with a piece of paper and a pen, and actually write out what you will be making your family tonight. Remember that all the best intentions will not feed your family. Being organized and writing things down will give you a plan to carry out your menu for the week. Involve those who who eat with you. Ask for requests or ideas, so you can more easily fill out your plan. I also find that having my menu plan out where I can see it really helps. Whether that is on a scratch piece of paper or a fun food planner, put it up where it is visible and will be a reminder.