It is no wonder that working mums get frustrated at dinner-time, heck, even non-working mums find it a tricky time of day. Working a full day is not a normal occurrence for me recently, but 6 hours of dancing, and high energy being exuded, while talking over 100 kids at a time, has just about made the dinner time in our house tonight unbearable.
I am tired, my feet are sore, and my throat is raw … The last thing I feel like doing is trying to insist that a roast meal is a good option for dinner … however I have persevered.
No, they didn’t quite finish, my patience wasn’t going to survive past 7pm, but they both managed to eat something of each of the things off their plate. I consider that completely worth it, when my 6 year old wasn’t going to eat any of it, and my 5 year considered the food initially as play-things.
My throat is now sore, my muscles are seizing up … But at this time of the year I know that there are a lot of treats for kids, and I am happy to live through some difficult dinner times, and increasing (internal) frustration, to make some long-term gains on the dinner front!
It’s probably easier for me because I can see the other side, with my older two children no longer causing the dinner-time grief.
I don’t have too many tips here – perseverance and patience while remaining staunch on the things that matter to your family around dinner time … these are the important things.
And it will eventually work!