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Planning with Kids: A Guide to Organising the Chaos to Make More Time for Parenting by Nicole Avery

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Chapter 2: Meals

Meals play a large part in family life. As parents, we have to think about what to feed the kids and when; we have to buy and prepare the food; and then we have to try to get the kids to eat what we’ve cooked! This aspect of daily life can take up significant amounts of time and can also cause considerable stress. But it doesn’t necessarily have to be that way. One of my biggest realisations as a parent has been that it’s worth the effort of taking time to plan meals. It has reduced the amount of time I spend on meals and has helped make mealtimes a more enjoyable part of the day.

Menu planning

Menu planning helps solve the dreaded question that arises at about 4 or 5 pm every day: ‘What’s for dinner?’ Before having kids, I ...

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