Am I the only one who only plans real meals on nights the husband is home? I grocery shop for, thaw meat, and plan real meals ONLY on nights he's home. That leaves me feeding a 4 year-old the old stand-bys of grilled cheese, soup, spaghetti, etc. on the nights he's away. Because when he's gone, after I feed the baby (who luckily still eats babyfood and a small assortment of chewy things), I have zero time or brain power to get a real meal together for myself and the 4 year-old. I get her faux meal to her then scurry around to get the baby fed... then I grab something for myself after I get the both of them in bed. Usually 8:30 or so.
I have really just struggled with this. Back in the day when my husband was home every night...we ate dinner every night. Then there was just me and one baby, so I didn't cook for myself. Now she's getting to where she needs to eat real meals...but getting her to eat something "real" is a game I don't have time for when I've got another one using every spoon or Cheerio as a projectile. I'm hoping when the baby gets older it'll be easier (no idea why I believe my life will be easier when I've got 2 combative kids), because I can fix ONE child-friendly meal for everybody.
So here's my question: Do you put together a spread every night, regardless, so your children grow up knowing good manners and good eating habits? Or do you feed your kids what you know they'll eat, with the least amount of resistance, because that's all the sanity you have at 6pm?