My wife had a baby on Mother’s Day, so every few years it’s an extra special day at our house when birthday and Mother’s Day collide. Interestingly, every year that happens my birthday falls on Father’s Day. But this isn’t about me, it’s about moms.
This is what I think you, Mom (speaking to all moms, not just mine), should ask for this Mother’s Day: dinner. At home. And they have to make it. And it’s got to have some vegetables, and not come out of a box or be frozen. This gift is good because it has the power to keep on giving.
One of the best things people can do for their health and weight management is learn to cook. Eating out and/or eating processed junk is one of the primary causes of being overweight. If you use this as a reason to get the family more involved in meal preparation and making it fun, then you’re not just getting a night off, you’re teaching everyone else a valuable skill.
Let’s go through the rules again:
1. They have to plan it out in advance and get the necessary ingredients from the grocery store.
2. It has to be fresh and include vegetables.
3. They have to make it all and set the table.
4. No electronic devices are permitted at the dinner table. People need to actually talk to each other.
5. They need to clean everything up.
If you want to help them a bit, you can point them towards some recipes.
Depending on who’s cooking for you this has potential culinary catastrophe written all over it, but that’s not really the point. If they actually have some fun doing it they’ll be more inclined to do it more often for the family. When kids leave the house, they’ll be better prepared for looking after themselves instead of just eating bacon and Kraft Dinner.
I hope you don’t get food poisoning. Have a happy Mother’s Day.