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Dinner for Busy Moms: Easy Strategies for Getting Your Family to the Table (Simple Solutions for Families) Paperback – June 1, 2011
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I really liked how the author started out by letting us know she was a real person who understood how difficult it was to sit down as a family and have a peaceful dinner, and had dealt with screaming kids throwing food on the floor. It gave me hope that this book was going to give some real life ideas for making dinner more enjoyable, and it does just that.
There are more than just quick and easy eating ideas, there are a lot of tips about improving family togetherness, getting kids interested in cooking, how to deal with picky eaters, organizing your kitchen and how to approach grocery shopping. There are also guidelines like remembering to use manners and making kids set the table and clean up after eating. I loved that the author includes some ideas for topics of conversations that can get everyone interacting.
The book addresses facts about how important it is to make family mealtime a priority, but it's not done in a condescending way, nor does it make parents feel guilty if they aren't able to do it every night of the week. I liked the interesting facts and pictures that were interspersed throughout the book as side boxes, it got the information across without overwhelming me.Read more ›
Dinner For Busy Moms is a practical guide to making mealtimes less stressful and treat it as quality time for the family. There are tips and strategies to work with most situations and involving almost every age group. While the book emphasises the positives of a family meal time, the author is careful to repeat that it is more important to find what works for your family than place it under more pressure. Ideally of course every meal would be a family occassion but if you can manage only a night or two a week, or even a month, then the author recommends you do that. I appreciate the motivational tone the book maintains through out.
Along with the helpful tips for getting the family to the table, the book includes strategies for planning and prepping meals. I can attest to the success of meal planning - with such picky eaters in the family planning ahead works well for me. I have a 4 week simple schedule that repeats itself. There are some nights when meals get swapped or subbed or we get takeway instead but it saves me a lot of time and worry over nightly menus. I always use a shopping list (once it was paper, now its an app) and since I know what I need I can make real savings when something is on special. Dinner For Busy Moms also covers things like reading food labels, food safety and online resources.Read more ›
Not only did I smile as I read it, I related to author and almost felt like
she knew my life and knew exactly what strategies I needed to get dinner on the table. Totally
user friendly.. mine has stayed in the kitchen on my cookbook shelf, and is the only cookbook I have
opened in the past week!!
Let's look at some of the things this book explains:
It describes the situation as it is in a majority of households
It describes the advantages of family meals
It gives tips on how to accomplish a family dinner
It offers tips what kids of all ages can do to help in the kitchen
It offers time saving tips
It suggests how to organize the pantry
It tells you how to construct a shopping list and how to shop
It helps you to plan weekly meals
It talks about must haves for the kitchen
It tells you how to deal with likes and dislikes of kids of all ages
What can kids do to help in the kitchen
It gives you sanity savers for yourself
It offers a few recipes & web resources
In fact it tells you many things that the average reasonable person knows. I mean, come on, who doesn't know that a home cooked meal around the dining table is healthier than having a TV-Dinner lounging on the couch while watching a cartoon?
The manifold advantages of a freezer? Check. How to store seasoning? Check. Reading food labels before buying is recommended? Check. Cheaper stuff is in the lowest aisle? Check. Buying in bulk when on sale? Check. Using coupons? Check.
I am not saying that this book is useless. Not at all. If you are a woman who just had her first kid, who has never cooked for more people than two, who only ever defrosted her dinner in the microwave, go ahead and read this book! It is a useful resource for how to organize your kitchen and your family meals.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was glad I picked this book up, but did find myself wondering why I was reading it when I already knew all the information in it. Read morePublished on January 12, 2012 by JDL
I thought this book would actually have strategies for preparing meals--maybe if not recipes then at least a process of meal planning, quick pantry staples, something. Read morePublished on January 17, 2011 by Karen Tjapkes
This book not only helps you with planning a meal with your family but makes it fun and easy to do.
I found it very informative, witty and helpful. Read more
FINALLY - something geared just for me - a busy, busy Mom...who at the end of the day, LOVES saving the time, not to mention $$$, by just following a few simple tips from the book.Published on April 17, 2010 by Susan Kayst
Dinner for Busy Moms is a great liitle book to buy for yourself or to give a friend for a gift...it provides smart suggestions for "getting dinner on the table" and not allowing it... Read morePublished on April 16, 2010 by Melanie Rose
Dinner for Busy Moms is a very helpful book that serves moms of babies through teens. It guides your planning easy meals ahead of time and making good use of what you already have... Read morePublished on April 11, 2010 by Nicole B.