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Low Stress School Routines – Family Meal Time

Parents, how are you doing with your school routines so far this year?  Are you gliding along smoothly or has the cart fallen off the road a few too many times? Some families have been at school for more than a month, and some have just been at it a couple of weeks.  By now, you may have some idea of what works and what doesn’t.

The posts for this entire week will be dedicated to keeping your school year routines on track.  These ideas will help you relax and really enjoy your precious family moments together.  Be ready for full family participation!

Family Meal Time – Keeping It All Together

Family meals are important for many reasons.  Whatever you can do to increase your amount of family meals will only bring about good things.

Common Pitfall – lack of planning.  One of the biggest stressors surrounding family meals is just a lack of good planning.  Believe me, I’ve been around that block many painful times.  I have no idea what to make, I try to make up something on the fly, and supper gets delayed or just plain messed up.  When momma ain’t happy, nobody’s happy.

Solution: Some basic meal planning can do wonders.  Sit down once a week with your calendar and come up with a few of your family’s favorites.  Get input from everyone so the whole family can look forward to supper time throughout the week.

Here’s my best tip – plan your style of cooking around the events you have each night. If you have one crazy night a week when you have no time to get anything together or everyone eats in shifts, call that “crock pot night” every week.  If you have older kids who can safely handle cooking duties, put them in charge of supper on a night they are home.

You might be able to do a little preparation ahead of time for some meals.  At the very least, you’ll have an idea what day you should pull the meat out of the freezer.  Have your kids and your spouse share some of the work if possible.

With so many after school activities, your job, meetings, and so on, a little meal planning can really save the day.  You can enjoy family time instead of being resentful that everyone is hungry.

Your Ideas To Help With Family Meals

OK, readers – this is your moment to shine.  I want to hear some of the ways you keep suppertime going smoothly during the busy school year. If I get a lot of feedback, I may create another post summarizing all your input!

Check out my other post on school year routines – Getting Homework Done.

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Low Stress School Routines – Family Meal Time

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP

Erika Krull, MS, LMHP is a practicing licensed mental health counselor in Nebraska.

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Krull, E. (2010). Low Stress School Routines – Family Meal Time. Psych Central. Retrieved on October 1, 2020, from


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