Baby Step 17

Dear Mama, If you're feeling overwhelmed about starting the homeschooling year, come join us on our baby steps path to a peaceful home and rhythm.  Start at baby step 1!  Love, Kelly Today we’re going to get into a meal planning rhythm.

How does dinner time go at your house? Do you usually know what you’re going to make and have all the ingredients on hand? If not, meal planning will be a big help! The last thing you need as a homeschooling parent is to have to make a decision or get creative during everyone’s crankiest time of day. Once you have time for meal planning in your rhythm, it will save you time and stress, I promise!

Choose a time each week or month when you will plan meals for the week (or month) ahead. Write out dinners - and if you’re never sure what’s for breakfast, lunch, or snack, write those out too. I like to have a rhythm of the week for breakfast and/or lunch to keep things simple and so the children know what to expect. Make a grocery list at the same time.

Write your meal planning day and time into your calendar and if it’s helping to have alarm/notification reminders for your new habits, set that up too! You might also write this into the weekly housework chart that you have posted on your fridge.

You did it!  If you want to celebrate and find motivation with other awesome mamas, head over to this post on facebook and let us know you when you'll be taking care of meal planning!