I had not planned this post but one of the comment compelled me to write more on this topic. The comment was from housewife, one of the bloggers I respect a lot. Here is the comment,
My hubby always wanted me to plan menu for a week but does not seem to work out due to kids’ choices or surpise guests …. On paper this planning looks fablous!
By the way you have a wonderful blog
First of all I would like to thank you for the kind words about my blog as it means a lot to me.
The post that was commented on was: Plan Your Menu Ahead to Save Time and Money
There are two things she said keeps her from having a menu plan and since this may have been the concern for some of the other readers too, I decided to address this issue in detail.
- Surprise Guests
- Kids’ Choice
Of course there are surprise guests but you can also plan an emergency menu plan or you can also name it guests menu plan. Planning should make your life simple and easy not complicated. So whenever you are planning, also plan for the unexpected. Menu plan should be a flexible one in which you could include some extra dishes for the surprise guests.
Don’t change your plan for the guests instead add a couple of extra dishes to your menu. This way you have a lot of variety and you can also impress your guests with your culinary and home management skills.
The second thing you mentioned in your comment is kids’ choice. This is actually the most important factor while planning your menu. In my previous post I had suggested to let your kids participate in menu planning. Ask them what would they like to eat, also include your and your hubby’s favorite dish while planning the menu.
Tell your kids since you have included their choice in the menu they should also respect your choice and have a taste of their parents’ favorite dishes. Tell them the nutritional benefits of the vegetable, meat, lentil or whatever the main ingredient of the dish is.
But in your enthusiasm to feed your kids, don’t forget that there is a huge difference between forcing and coaxing. There is actually a study by UK that suggests the rules moms set to make sure kids are getting a balanced diet, may in fact reduce a child’s ability to respond to internal hunger and fullness cues. In turn, these children grow up to become adults who either are picky eaters or may overeat.
Read more at FYI Living: Moms Who Nag Kids Create Picky Eaters
Parents are great role models for their children. If you don’t like a certain dish and you want your kids to eat it then you are knocking on the wrong door. There are so many things parents can do to coax their children.
I know it is hard but who says it is going to be easy? Parenting is the hardest job on earth and there is nothing that could prepare you for it but you should just learn to keep your head on your shoulders :).
I am going to say it again planning menu really saves you time and money and I am saying it from experience. I made my first menu plan when I was not even married and studying in college. My mother had asked me to grab a pen and paper to create a monthly menu plan. I sat with my mother and both of us created a monthly plan while keeping in view everyone’s choice.
What is it that keeps you from planning a menu? Please share your thoughts with us through comments.