In my last installment of how adulting is just too hard, I shall comment how I just can’t get my act together in cooking. I’ve already established the fact that I can’t keep my house clean or organized to save my life and that my children are slowly killing me. So now I ask, how the heck do people do it? How do people manage to cook a meal every night? Especially if they work full time? When I took off for 2 years after I had my second child and was home during the day, I cooked many nights throughout the week. Nothing fancy, but I could manage to pinterest something together and prepare something somewhat home cooked for my family.
But now that I’m working. FORGET ABOUT IT. I just can’t figure it out. I’m so tired all the time. By the time I get the kids picked up from daycare, we get in the house and settled in, it’s after 5:00, sometimes after 6:00. Who wants to make dinner at that point? I have zero energy to do it. I’m often in pain. There’s not enough time. I probably had no time to shop, so there’s probably not enough food to put together a good meal anyway.
So what do we eat? Some nights…cereal. Lots of nights, unfortunately…fast food. Other nights, something super easy like pancakes or eggs or mac and cheese. If I want to get really fancy, we might have spaghetti. I also feel really accomplished if I make hamburger helper. Go mom!
I feel really bad. I know other parents cook dinner for their families. Parents who work. I just can’t seem to get it figured out. I really want to. I want my kids eating something more healthy. Something more home cooked and made with love by their mom. But most days, I just don’t have it in me.
So super parents…how in the heck do you do it? Where do you get this super human power to create a meal after work?? How do I learn your ways? (And if you say you cook it on the weekends and then freeze it or eat it throughout the week, I try that and am only successful once in a blue moon…I’m still too tired on the weekends or too busy!)
Actually, I think I just need a cook.