MotherhoodWorking Mom Woes

Cooking and working moms

I don’t know how they do it. I live in awe of these women. These working moms that come home and make dinner and manage to eat at a reasonable time… And they really make dinner, not something out of a can or a frozen tv dinner. When my mom worked, I remember we all ate as a family, and there was always a home cooked meal every night, consisting of rice, some type of meat, and salad or some other side dish, never from a can!

Me? I get home at 615 on a good day, later if something is up and much later if I have class. Even if i am home at a decent time, one of the last things I want to do is make dinner. The delicious home cooked meals we have are usually prepared by my hubby (yes he’s the chef in my chateau) but we usually eat Wayy later than we would like… 9 or 930. And if he gets home late, then we end up caving and just ordering in. (or eating junk food! )

When I was younger (and childless) I didn’t understand people who ordered in all the time… But now I Get it!! I mean, really? Do I want to cook eat and then have to clean up everything before going up bed? (just thinking about it makes me tired!) maybe I’m just being lazy. I’m lacking motivation.

I am sure it’s a lot about organization and planning. And I am probably just taking the easy way out… Ordering in or eating pasta with Parmesan cheese. (for the record, I do make my son delicious veggies and compotes and stuff!)
So back to working moms who cook— how do you do it? Really? I really want up know!! How do you have the energy to make a meal and eat together as a family?

It is very important for me to instill in my son the importance of meal time, and that he enjoy food (after all he is part French, would be a crime if he didn’t enjoy and love food!!) but I am not sure how home cooking and family meals fit into my schedule and day! (baby E eats alone and earlier than mama & papa).

I really want to hear from moms, whether you feel the same way I do (overwhelmed, tired, cranky after work-last thing you wanna do is cook!) or, if you love cooking when you get home because it relaxes you, and you’ve mastered the art of cooking delicious healthy meals after a long day’s work.

Tell me what your secrets are! Or, let me know you feel the same way I do! What tips do you have??
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Diana Limongi
Diana a mom, activist, nonprofit professional, podcaster and writer from Queens, NY. She writes about motherhood, activism, raising my multilingual kids, culture and travel. She and her multicultural family live in Queens, NY.

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