Meal preparation usually falls on mom, in many households, but not all. Either way the planning, or preparation does tend to fall on just one parent. One simple way to help relieve some of the stress that comes along with meal preparation is to get the family involved in the process. If everyone in the family pitches in, their will be less stress associated with meal planning. These are just a few ideas, and suggestions that may prove to be helpful.
Plan the meal plan together
The first thing that you can do is plan out your meals for the week. Of course some families will sit down and plan out meals for the entire month. Why not have the entire family sit down, and plan the meal together. This way everyone will have a meal that they like, and look forward to. By taking the time to learn how to plan out the meal together, the family including the kids can learn a lot.
Take turns fixing the meal
Each day you can plan to have a different family member cook. If the kids are too young you can still have them involved in the meal fixing plan. You can choose a meal for the younger children that will allow them to fix most of it themselves, with a little help from their parents. By taking turns you will find that one person is not burdened with the work of cooking all the meals. You will also not need to make meals every single day, especially if you take the time to plan out your week.
Prepare a meal as a family
Why not cook together as a family. Each member of the family can be responsible for a different aspect of the meal. One person can be responsible for setting the table; another can be responsible for cooking the main course. The rest can focus on sides. Of course this can vary depending on how many people you have in your family. By taking the time to work together you will find preparing a meal as a family to be a lot of fun.
Make meal planning fun
By taking the time to make meal planning fun, it will go from stressful to enjoyable. Remember that mealtime should be something that the entire family looks forward to. After a long day at work and at school you will find meal planning to be a huge relief for the family.