Do you ever find yourself driving home from work after a long, busy week daydreaming about dinner being on the table when you get home? You start thinking to yourself, “Gosh, wouldn’t it be nice if my teen could make dinner once or twice a week?” You stop at the stop sign, and suddenly you snap out of it and shout “That’s it!” Yes, your window is down, and everyone is looking at you, but you don’t care because you just thought of a way to get help!
Any parent knows that no two teens are alike, but one thing they all have in common is wanting to be treated like grown-ups – except, of course, when it comes to chores. The growth that takes place during adolescence can seem sudden and get you questioning where your little kid went. It is almost as if one day they open their bedroom door and out walks a teenager demanding to be treated like an adult!
So how do you persuade your teen to help with chores, and more specifically, dinner? What you need is a good strategy to make it seem less like a chore and get them eating right out of your hand! Here are some tips to put in place:
Be patient. It’s all new to them! Soon it will be part of their routine and, thanks to you, they learned another life-long skill. But for now, hearing those magic words “stay out of the kitchen mom!” will sound like music to every mom’s ears!
But, what about those days when no one’s around to help? Break out the crockpot! For a few easy family meals check out these crockpot recipes.
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