If you only have a two or three hour window together with your grandchildren, make the focus on doing together instead of doing for. Making nice meals for your loved ones can be a way of nurturing them and demonstrating your hosting capabilities, but it's also another form of busyness.
Consider this me giving you permission to ditch the hour or more meal prep. Sure, you might be responsible for feeding the gremlins, but you run the risk of spending your time making the meal instead of making experiences with the goofy, gooey children in your life. I’ve seen it in my friends, family, and certainly in myself. If you came over for supper, I'd want to serve you roasted beet salad, barbecued salmon and wild rice pilaf. Realistically, preparing food with a toddler dangling from my pant leg, or worse ‘playing’ too quietly by himself, drastically reduces my ability to focus. Whatever prep time the recipe creator claims, double it! Once you add a diaper change, nap, text to the parents, pre-meal-snack, and snack mess clean up and that ideal window of time you had for playing outdoors with your grandchild has passed you by.Read More