When both parents work, cooking dinner feels like a nightly hassle. This is true even when mommy & daddy know their way around the kitchen. It can also be a massive source of stress on your marriage. Let me just say, I know what it feels like to start a business after being a SAHM….and still be the one that gets asked “So, what’s for dinner?”
Even when your days of being a SAHM end, you soon realize that you’re still the one figuring out what to cook on a busy weeknight, trying not to blow your budget on take-out, and grocery shopping to last the entire week. Yep, that’s all on you!
This can make getting back into the working world seem overwhelming. I mean, I just remember thinking, “How in the world am I going to do all the things that are important to me (like having dinner at home most nights) AND juggle this new career path?” I felt like I was failing at both because I couldn’t figure out how to juggle ALL. THE. THINGS.
When I took a step back, realized I was approaching this whole thing all wrong! I had an epiphany! BOOM! Instead of asking myself again and again “WHY CAN’T I DO ALL OF THIS?”, I asked, “WHY AM I TRYING TO DO IT ALL MYSELF?”
I had to decide whether being stressed was worth doing everything myself. It wasn’t. So, I came up with a better division of labor at our house that took the burden of “doing it all” off of me—and I spread it around a little!
Now, instead of guessing and stressing about dinner, my husband and I both have a plan of attack each week. It divides up cooking, shopping, and meal planning between us. Despite our VERY different skill sets in the kitchen, we have devised a plan that works for both of us.