If your kids are anything like mine, they come home from school famished. Ravenous. The default is to go for the easy stuff – packaged crap that is high in sugar and tastes delicious. Well, with the help of the Canadian Sport Institute and our Canmore Nordic Ski Club, (we had a nutritionist speak to us about healthy food choices for student athletes), I’ve whittled down an excellent list into some options I believe are easy for my kids to help themselves to, are better for them and also taste delicious. My hope is that this eliminates the question that invariably follows the dumping of their knapsack and plodding over to wherever I happen to be when they come home which is, “What should I have to eat?”
“Feast your eyes on the fridge door!” I shall reply in a jolly tone. “And choose whatever tickles your taste buds!” The rest, is up to them.
Print off a copy, slap it on your fridge and let me know if your day becomes “What should I have to eat” free!
At first blush, this might seem super depressing. The reality was that this was a great starting point for a dinner discussion. My guess is that the notion of pointlessness came from an 11 year olds acknowledgement that Sunday evening feeds into Monday morning and with that the beginnings again of the weekly routine. More specifically, this means: get-up, go to school, eat a dinner that probably doesn’t make my top 5, go to bed. Repeat.
Of course each day is far more varied than that, a fact he granted after some further probing. I think this speaks more to the reality that as we grow it’s natural to question our place in life. What does it all mean? What is it’s purpose? What is my role in it all? Big questions that many adults probably can’t answer. We talked about family values, experiences, the importance of enjoying the moment and not just the end goal – all good stuff but did it resonate with the immediate feelings of a sixth grader? I’m not sure but it was a good chat never-the-less.
Making time to eat dinner together has oft been discussed as critical for all members of your family. Need a refresher? Try this story from Today’s Parent. Or this one from the Washington Post. Or how about visiting this site devoted to family dinner: The Family Dinner Project.
Enjoy tonight’s dinner and maybe even an engrossing chat about existentialism!
Raise your hand if you’re exhausted from shuttling your kids to and from school, playdates, after school activities, sports events…. the list never ends. I recently created a spreadsheet to share with a couple of other families in an effort to share the load in an attempt to alleviate that last minute anxious texting and calling. It’s sorta working…
Well, our friends in the auto industry are bringing us the future and it’s looking good. At the Consumer Electrics Show in Las Vegas Chrysler unveiled an electric, self-driving minivan that could completely eliminate the taxi dad and mom roles. Just imagine yourself grabbing another hot drink and picking up your book while the “Portal” whisks your kids to dance/ski/soccer/music/daycare/school… Ok, maybe it’s not quite like that but we taxi parents can dream, can’t we?