At the table

I love the points Andrea makes in this post – the way our families function these days is a symptom of our hyperactive, overworked lives….

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How I spend my waking hours: Food Domination Pie Chart on andreabadgley.com

There’s one thing you can be sure of in parenting: as soon as you think you’ve got it all figured out, everything changes.  I had finally gotten dinners going in a good rhythm: a rotation of three weeks worth of menus, complete with protein and produce options for all four palates in our family (daughter who loves all vegetables but dislikes meat, son who loves meats but dislikes most vegetables, parents who enjoy more variety than tacos, quesadillas, noodles, and salmon).  I even scheduled crock pot meals on Monday and Wednesday when our daughter has swim practice.  The kitchen was like a well-oiled machine, cranking out packed lunches and snacks at 7am, with dinner on the table when Dad gets home at 6:30pm.

I have to admit, I totally rocked.

Then we got our son’s soccer schedule: practice Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:30 to 7pm.  Dinner time.  Combine that with our…

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