I am over it, done, finished, kaput.
Don’t worry, Im not talking about quitting The Glamorous Housewife. I am referring to my constant struggles with making dinner.
I love cooking. No really, I find cooking to be very similar to creating art only instead of just looking at something, you can actually eat it and enjoy it! From creating a meal plan, to grocery shopping, to actually cooking dinner, I love the entire process of making meals for my family.
Unfortunately my family doesn’t feel the same way about dinner as I do. Due to my husband’s Hashimotos, he has to be gluten free. Then I have a son who literally wont eat anything I make for him and would subsist on Subway sandwiches if I let him. My other son is pretty good about eating what is on his plate, but complains the whole time. Finally I have my daughter who is quite restless and won’t sit still for more than five minutes at the dinner table at home.
I have tried every trick in the book. I have made my kids help me plan meals thinking if they had an opinion on the matter they might be more inclined to eat. Failed. Then I narrowed down the meals my kids like into the top 20 and even made a book about it that you can purchase HERE. This lasted a long time, but due to my husband’s diet, it is difficult to make all 20 of those meals, so we were down to like 5 or 6 of them. Plus at least one kid would complain no matter what I made.
So I quit. As of this past week, we are now going out to dinner for every meal for a month.
Drastic? Yes. Expensive? Absolutely. Worth it? YES!
It has only been a week, but so far, so good.
Here are the pros of my new I Quit Cooking challenge:
- Each family member can order according to his or her tastes.
- Everyone gets to try new dishes.
- Everyone stays at the table for longer than five minutes due to the fact we are in a restaurant and there is nowhere else to go.
- The amount of dirty dishes is minuscule compared to when I made dinner.
And here are the cons:
- Not as healthy as the meals I make at home.
- Large portion sizes = higher calories = potential weight gain
Now, I know for many of you reading, going out to eat for every single dinner isn’t an option. So why did I bother to mention it here on The Glamorous Housewife.
Because I wanted to show you that sometimes it is better to try something completely different instead of struggling to make something work. I had tried a few different solutions to my dinner time problem, and none of them were really working for me. I found myself hating something that I had always loved, and frankly that made me angry. Why should I let my family turn something I loved into a dreadful chore?
Instead of fighting the issue, I decided to take a step back and see if I could come at the problem from an entirely different angle. Instead of trying to make my cooking work for them, I realized that I could simply stop cooking altogether and take a much needed break.
Once the month is up I can reassess the situation and talk with my family about what they liked and disliked about our experiment.
If you have a problem in your life that you have been trying to fix, and each time it feels like your solution is just one more failure, maybe it would be better to turn the problem on its head and change the entire paradigm! As someone once said, “If you want something different then you have to do something different”.