Being a parent is a busy job. Unlike a job at an office which ends the minute that you walk out the door, being a parent is around the clock for no salary. Being a parent on top of working a full-time job can be a lot to fit in. Many parents find themselves wondering how they can possibly get dinner on the table at the end of a long workday, many having spent the last hour before getting home stuck in traffic.
In this modern day, it’s completely common to be busy and rushing around frequently during your work week. Especially if you have multiple kids and need to drop them off from place to place for extracurricular activities. Therefore, you’re not alone if you feel like you are pulling your hair out at the end of the day when it’s time to put food on the table for everyone. Here are some of the best dinner solutions for busy parents.
Don’t Be Ashamed To Get Delivery
There is a lot of pressure out there from places like Pinterest that you have to be the ideal parent day in and day out. Some parents may feel like a total failure if they don’t have a six-course farm fed organic hand-picked gluten-free meal on the table by 6 pm. However, sometimes you simply don’t have the time.
Try to cut yourself some slack and order food once in awhile. As long as it isn’t all of the time and it has some nutritional value in it, it’s ok to give yourself a break here and there. Not to mention it makes a fun treat for the kids who will be excited about delivery.
Use a Crockpot
A crockpot is one of the greatest blessings delivered on Earth for a busy parent. Dinner can be as easy as throwing in the ingredients into the pot in the morning and setting a timer before you run out the door.
When you come home at the end of the day you have a hot meal waiting for you ready to go. Not only does it make dinners easier, but they come out just as delicious if not even more delicious as a stovetop meal.
Meal Prep At The Beginning of The Week
Sometimes being able to fit everything into your schedule is just a matter of organization. Many people may think fitting certain things into their schedules are impossible, but in fact, it’s just a matter of rearranging your schedule to be able to get things done. You could always hire a meal prep service of course, like this London based Key to Food company, if you’re really low on time. But you will also be able to find similar companies in your local area too.
Try taking an hour or two of your free time on the weekend and prepare several meals for the week. You can either refrigerate or freeze them and store them for eating later.