Are grandparents an essential piece of the puzzle in your home when it comes to caring for children or helping with the daily six o’clock scramble? Or, on the flip-side, does caring or cooking for your parents or in-laws help add to your dinnertime chaos?
Last week I wrote a post on PBS Parents Kitchen Explorers about how grandparents can help families get dinner on the table. In the post, I shared some tips from Dr. Ruth Nemzoff of Brandeis University and author of several books on adult relationships with their parents and in-laws, for how grandparents can make things easier for families at dinnertime, even if they live far away.
When I asked Scramblers on Facebook how grandparents play a part in their mealtimes, I got some fascinating responses:
Cooking for Grandma: My mom only needs meals for one person so we often give her our leftovers. After all the years she cooked for me growing up it is nice to give back. — Alison Powers
Grandma Shares Recipes: Our extended family lives clear across the country from us. My mother …is gracious to share recipes and family favorites. She was quite an amateur gourmet back when I was growing up. When first married, I used to call her almost weekly for recipe ideas. — Amy Hendrix Smith
Grandpa Cooks and Freezes for Family: My parents don’t live close but when they do come in town, my dad makes something I can freeze and serve later. And he normally leaves me with two meals in my fridge for that week too so I don’t have to cook. It’s great! — Sarah Taylor Dorey
Virtual Grandparents: They keep us company on Skype while we eat dinner. — Julie Ross
Grandma Picks up Child, Helps with Dinner, In-laws Skype: My mom comes over every Tuesday and Thursday after work. She often picks up my older child, helps set the table, and helps wash dishes. My in-laws sometimes Skype with my husband and kids. When they visit from Sweden, they pick up both kids and play with them, which is a huge help for me to get dinner on the table. — Rona Livnat Kronenberg
Grandparents Pick up the Check: Sometimes they help greatly by inviting us out to dinner. — Julia Engel
Do your parents help you keep dinner on track, or do you cook for them? I’d love to know what works in your family. Please leave a comment below.
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