One of the biggest challenges that parents face is dinnertime. Whether it be picky palates, kids that won’t sit, busy schedules or a lack of cooking skills (or all these things!), it can be a huge stressor. As one mom once told me, “My heart rate goes up right before dinner…I dread it.”
Dinner is the hardest meal for me too. Just yesterday after a long day at work, I got the dreaded call that my husband had to work late, had a no-napping two-year-old attached to my leg and a picky eater announcing that she wanted nothing in her burrito (tortilla only).
Two of my biggest challenges with young kids is staying organized and choosing meals that are simple enough to prepare during the witching hour. I know that when I keep things simple and prep ahead of time, dinners go more smoothly.
That’s why I said “yes” to the good folks at Real Simple when they asked me to participate in their Take Back Dinnertime Challenge. The goal is simple: Take the challenge to help make dinnertime the best part of your day and you could win $2,000!
Today is the first day you can sign up for Real Simple’s Take Back Dinnertime Challenge — and here’s what you get:
- Tips and ideas on how to cook healthier meals
- Advice on how to get organized in the kitchen — I desperately need this one!
- Ways to find cooking inspiration and connect with your family at the table
- The chance to win weekly prizes, including $2,000 in groceries.
Here’s how it works: Join the challenge and create a profile to enter the sweepstakes and keep track of your points. Starting August 22, you’ll get daily emails with cooking tips, recipes, and easy dinnertime ideas. The more ideas you try, the more points you earn.
Don’t forget to tell your friends about the challenge—for every friend who joins, you’ll get another point. And the more points you earn, the more sweepstakes entries you’ll get, meaning you’ll have more chances to win.
What will you get from me? I’ll be trying the tips too — and blogging about them. Let’s do it together.
While we’re on the topic, what stresses you out most about dinnertime?