You may be wondering “what exactly is a homeschooling crime?” Basically it is something that no one would expect a homeschooler to commit or even admit to doing. Believe it or not, there are moms out there that struggle with different aspects of homeschooling their children. A lot of times we may not want to admit to these “crimes” for fear of what others may think of us. There may be friends and family members that don’t agree with our way of life and we may be fearful to let them know that there are areas we struggle with.
This series is a satire of sorts. It is meant to be funny, and maybe even a little sarcastic, but it is also meant to encourage, and to let you know that you are not alone in your struggles. Many moms feel guilty for committing these “crimes” and may even feel like they don’t measure up to other homeschooling families. Each post in this series will highlight and examine the crime, with practical solutions, links and suggestions to help solve and prevent the crime from happening!
This week the crime we will be examining is: The Mom Who Feeds Her Kids Junk food (because she doesn’t have the time or energy to cook!)
I think a lot of people assume that if you are a stay at home mom, or a homeschooling mom that you feed your family nothing but organic, home grown, made from scratch foods and snacks. Your kids will have a hot breakfast cooked from scratch daily, homemade granola bars and crackers, healthy lunches, and warm, healthy dinners daily. I used to be this kind of mom. I enjoyed being in the kitchen and whipping up healthy meals for my family. I always had a fresh batch of granola in a pretty mason jar on the counter, jars of homemade yogurt resting in the oven and fresh bread cooling on the stove top. I had other moms ask me how I was able to do everything that I did and spend so much time in the kitchen.
Then our fourth baby came along, and I started a part time job and life was just insane. I was running all over the place with homeschool classes and the different activities as my kids were getting older. I was too busy to cook every meal from scratch and before I knew it our cupboard was full of cereal, store bought granola bars, pop tarts and the freezer had frozen pizzas and pizza rolls in it!
I had become The Mom Who Feeds Her Kids Junk Food because she doesn’t have the time or energy to cook!
There are days when I look back at how I used to be as a homemaker and now I am just surviving. I do feel guilty for letting my kids eat sugar for breakfast and junk food for lunch, but hey at least I am feeding them!
So let’s solve this crime:
How do you avoid feeding your kids junk food because you are too tired and don’t have the energy to cook?
Like I have mentioned in other posts in this series, the first thing you need to do is:
Get over the guilt!
I know, it’s hard, I am my own worst critic. We can be extremely hard on ourselves and feeling like we aren’t good enough or cut out for this homeschooling thing. That’s what the devil wants us to think. Stop feeling guilty and stop comparing yourselves to other moms. Everyone is at different points in their lives. When I made everything from scratch I wasn’t working a part time job. There were days where I never had to turn the computer on. I did have enough time in my day to devote to being in the kitchen. My children were also much younger. Our homeschool days were short and sweet and we didn’t have as many outside activities to attend. I definitely wasn’t shuffling a teenager to and from youth events and now dual enrollment college classes! Now, I am doing the best that I can with what I am able to do. If my house is staying clean and we are getting all of our school work done each day then that is success to me!
If I plan out our meals the weekend before a new week begins then I already know what I need to cook for dinner, or what we are having for lunch. When I don’t have a plan is usually when a frozen pizza gets cooked or we are just throwing together some processed foods from the cabinet. This is hard to do at times because we are always so busy on the weekends. That means that we actually have to sit down and come up with a plan. It’s not easy, but once you get into a routine of coming up with a plan for the week it gets easier. My husband and I usually talk about our week and what we have going on to get an idea of what types of meals we need to have. We get the kids involved with this as well and they come up with ideas of what they would like to eat.
If you are looking for some fun, fresh ideas you need to check out our FREE Monthly Menu Plans. Each month we offer a brand new menu plan download that has clickable links to all the recipes in the plan!
We usually just make a meal plan for dinner because we like to use our favorite plan for breakfast and lunch:
The DIY Breakfast Station and DIY Lunch Station:
You hear me talk about these a lot, because they really do work! The Breakfast Station has you preparing your breakfast meals ahead of time. You can do this once a month or once every two months. I like to include my kids in the preparations. It includes a pre-made shopping list so that you can prep 120+ days of breakfast in just a few hours. It also includes cute printable labels for storage containers. There are 14 simple recipes that beat the sugary-cereal box any day. It is easily editable for gluten-free options.
Check out my full review of the Breakfast Station HERE!
The Lunch Station has the same style as the breakfast station, with free printable labels, recipes and shopping lists. The premade shopping list helps you to prep 280+ days of lunch in just a few hours. There are 10 real-food recipes that will fill your freezer while filling their bellies. My kids especially love the
Substitute one healthy thing a week for one junk thing:
It can be hard to break the habit of buying convenience foods. If you normally buy granola bars for snacks, try switching to organic or making your own (which is much cheaper.) Have a pizza night for dinner when everyone makes their own pizzas with store bought dough instead of using a frozen pizza. This week there was a coupon for Pop Tarts so in my shopping cart I had a box of pop tarts next to my organic salad mix and organic apples. Baby steps friends!
Don’t miss the other posts in our Homeschool Crimes Series:
The Mom Who Doesn’t Like to Read Aloud
The Mom Who Can’t Teach Math (because she failed it in high school)
The Mom Who Can’t Teach Her Child How to Read
The Mom Who Isn’t Crafty
The Mom Who Just Wants to Play
The Mom Who Isn’t a Morning Person
Sarah is a wife, daughter of the King and Mama to 4 children (one who is a homeschool graduate!) She is a an eclectic,Charlotte Mason style homeschooler and has been homeschooling for over 16 years now. She is still trying to find the balance between work and keeping a home and says she can only do it by the Grace of God, and Coffee!