I often wonder what I would be paid if a ‘mum’ was broken down into duty-based wages.
Between the hours I put in “babysitting” (as my husband likes to call it), cleaning, washing, poo analysing (I’m sure that’s a job), mediating, schedule co-ordinating, personal shopping, event planning, taxi driving them to and from activities and not to mention cooking for them… I assume I would be making some pretty good coin at the end of each day if I added all my imaginary pennies all together.
The one time that I find that a lot of these ‘jobs’ collide is when it’s meal time. And to help parents navigate their job hats at meal time, here is my list of seven things I’ve learned from feeding three young kids (all under two) at once, every day.
1. Kids get hangry.
I thought my pregnancy hormones were bad, but they have nothing on fire-breathing, hungry kids. I literally know what time of day it is based on their moods.
Come 4.30pm in the lead up to a 5pm dinner (even if I’ve been trying to buy time with some sneaky snacks) it’s like they haven’t been fed since birth.
The behaviour can vary between a needy sloth…or a possessed monkey. Either way, they are hangry and ready for me to serve the food banquet which they probably won’t even eat.
2. The more effort you make, the less they’ll eat.
I’m sure every parent can relate to mourning the hours they have slaved away in the kitchen creating gourmet banquets for their hungry hyenas.
The truth is, I think they are born with “meal effort radars”. Generally speaking, the more effort you put in, the less they eat.
After going to the shops, sourcing the wholesome ingredients, cooking it, baking it, steaming it, frying it, you will just about be ready to declare yourself Jamie Oliver and then none of your fussy fingered kids will eat it. And often, they will look at it in disgust.
However they won’t hesitate to scoff down a Rafferty’s Garden Nothing Else fruit or veggie pouch which not only costs under $2, has no preservatives, artificial colours or flavours, added sugar or salt, and is often a better option than most of my meal menus. Which leads me to my next point.
3. You are just a seagull living off their scraps.
You would probably never go to such an effort when making meals for yourself as you do for your kids. And sometimes, when our kids are as fussy as ever… I’m glad, because I have become a seagull in my own home and the only meals I really ever get a chance to eat are their leftovers.