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Two Tips for Making Family Meal Happen Easier



We are all busy, but parents with children that are in extracurricular activities may be even busier than the people that don’t have that. We seem to be running all the time. If we’re not running one child to an event we’re running the other one.

My boys are very busy with sports and school functions. We barely have time to eat together as a family. So we must plan carefully so the family meals are able to happen. There are several ways to make this work, but you must have the right supplies and you must be willing to work to make it happen.

My two parenting tips for this work center around family meals.

1. Preparing your meals in advance

There are two ways to make this step happen. One thing you can do is plan your meals for the week. Sit down and decide what you’re going to have and then prepare a grocery list that contains everything you’ll need to make those meals. When you have everything you need you won’t have to make trips to the grocery store and you won’t have to order out.

The other option is to use freezer cooking. Freezer cooking gives you the ability to make meals quickly and easily. You take the time each weekend or one day a week and you cook everything you’ll need for your meals. Once that’s done everything goes in the freezer. Each day you pull the meals and you’re ready to eat in a short about of time. The Hillbilly Housewife offers a great ebook with all the information needed to start freezer cooking right away. Click here to purchase your copy through my affiliate link.

2. Crockpot Meals

If you’re not into freezer cooking another option is to use your crockpot. Most stores like Walmart and Target offer large crockpots that are big enough for a large meal for the entire family. You’ll find meals in a bag at your local grocery store as well. Usually these meals are ready to go so all you have to do is place the contents of the bag in your crockpot and possibly place water in the crockpot to go with it.

There are a number of Crockpot Cookbooks you can purchase that will give you all sorts of meals you can make. They offer breakfast, lunch, dinner, appetizers, desserts, and just about anything else you can think of so they are very valuable when you want to use this option.

The Hillbilly Housewife offers a crockpot cookbook that makes these types of meals easy to do. She gives you everything except the food when it comes to this cookbook. Click here to get your copy of the Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook through my affiliate link.

Ok so now you have two suggestions to consider when you want to make sure you are able to have family meals each night. Both of these options work well, but you’ll need to decide which one will work best for you and then continue to use it regularly. Family meal time is very important and will help your kids to stay out of trouble. So make sure you do it regularly and often.

Corrie Petersen is a Work At Home Mom who is married and has two boys. She loves to help others in her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Click here to read what she is up to with her family by visiting her mommy blog.

Do you Communicate with Your Kids?



Parenting is hard to deal with at any age. You may be going through the terrible two’s or the teen years, but you need to remember things will change and it will get better. It’s important that you stand strong and continually communicate with your children because you’ll go wrong and have a harder time dealing with things if you do.

Here are two tips that will help you with no matter what you’re dealing with right now.

1. Communication

Communication is key to a good relationship with your child. You need to talk to your children on a daily basis. Even if you simple ask them how their day was and what they learned in school. When your children see that you care about them and what they’re doing, they will feel more comfortable talking to you about the difficult things like drugs and smoking.

Whether you’re busy or not it’s crucial you talk to your kids. Do your homework online and see what kids their age are doing, enjoy, and like. When you do this it will make it easier to find things to talk about. If your child is in sports or sing in the choir you can talk to them about practice or events they’ll be attending.

The most important thing to remember is to do it. Talk to your children every day. Over time you’ll see how much five or ten minutes a day will improve your relationship with your children.

2. Discussions

Talking to your children about drugs, alcohol, or sex is hard to do but it must be done. It’s unfortunate, but we must talk to our children about these things early and often. You will thank yourself when your children grow up healthy and not in trouble.

You need to talk to your children about these topics on a regular basis. When your children get to be of dating age, it’s important you remind them about this every time they go out on a date. No matter if it’s a group setting, a single date, a dance, or a game, you need to remind them of the discussion you had and ask them to be responsible.

Talking to your children may be hard at first, but over time it will become easier and you’ll cherish those talks because it will bring you closer to your child. The older your children get the more peer pressure they have and the harder things are for them to deal with. When they know you care and what they do is important, they’ll know they can come to you for anything and everything.

Corrie Petersen is a Work At Home Mom who is married and has two boys. She loves to help others in her business, but more importantly she loves spending time with her husband and sons. Read what she is up to with her family by visiting her mommy blog at http://peekintomylifeasasportsmom.com.

About Corrie



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My name is Corrie and I'm from Wyoming. I've been married to Kevin since 1993 and we have two wonderful boys.

I'm a Virtual Assistant and a Ghostwriter. I love what I do and I enjoy spending time with my family.

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