One thing I was not prepared for as a homeschooling mom was the amount of creativity and time management it would take to run one room of my home –
From the moment I became a housewife, it became obvious I did not know how to manage a kitchen. It was by far the messiest room in my house. I would hide piles of unwashed dishes underneath towels and pretend I didn’t see the dirt and debris lurking in every corner and on every shelf.
It took me a very long time to learn the secret of a clean kitchen, but finally the mystery was revealed when I discovered the only answer to keeping a kitchen clean is to actually clean it!
However, for the homeschool mom there is another dimension to kitchen management that can quickly become overwhelming. You are required to come up with something to eat for the entire family 3 times a day plus snacks. Its enough to make you curl up in a ball and cry.
There are a couple of ways to tackle this chore that work quite well for the homeschool mom.
1. Make 1 meal a no-cook meal. In fact, you could go so far as to make 2 meals no-cook. For instance, make breakfast a toast and peanut butter and fruit meal or muffins or quick bread you’ve prepared ahead of time. Yes, even cereal and yogurt will do. Set what you can out the night before and then just set the rest out in the morning and enjoy breakfast without the extra work of a hot breakfast. This is also a great way to make time for devotions.
For lunch, go with something simple like sandwiches or fruit, cheese and crackers or chips and dip. This is something we call Amish Lunch and it has proven to be a life saver on those busy homeschooling days.
2. Delegate 1 or 2 meals to a child. Recently, we handed over breakfast duty to our oldest son who really, really likes a hot breakfast. He made an entire menu by himself and I purchased everything he needed. He chooses from his list every evening what he feels like cooking the next morning so he can set out sausage to thaw or prep anything that needs to be prepped. This has turned out to be a great compromise as he loves to cook breakfast and loves a hot breakfast and I love not needing to start cooking first thing in the morning.
*Keep the pantry stocked with easy snacks. I have a friend who only serves either popcorn or fruit for snack time. That keeps it nice and simple!
*Keep staples on hand for easy lunch meals for the days that don’t go as planned. For us, these items include tortillas and tortilla chips, a can of beans, block cheese, crackers, bread and meat. I try to never be without these.
*Prepare the night before. Thaw meats, soak grains, make sure you have all your ingredients or consider what leftovers you have on hand that could be turned into tomorrow’s lunch.
*Double recipes and freeze one or use one as leftovers for the next day.
*Utilize your crock pot for dinner and cut down on the prep time for dinner each day.
I also want to encourage you to streamline your kitchen chores as much as possible and include your children in everything you do. Here is a list of age appropriate cooking and kitchen skills you can teach your children.
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