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Managing May Madness: A Guide to Family Dinners During a Busy Month

„I just took a look at the calendar for the next month and a half, and I think I might just buy a one-way plane ticket out of here so I don’t have to deal with any of it.“

That was part of a conversation I recently had with a friend as we tried to find a time to meet. Of course, I was only joking, but the reality is that, like most parents, I find the end of the school year to be one of the busiest times of the year. As I write this, I’m getting texts from my oldest child about new commitments I can add to the schedule. „I put it in the calendar, Mom,“ he cheerfully says. Uh, thanks?

The scarcity of time at the end of the year also has significant effects on family dinners. One of the first things I always do when sitting down to plan meals for the four of us is to pull up my calendar and try to map out menu ideas based on the various types of commitments we have each evening. Ready-made meals or crockpot dinners for really busy nights; one-pot or sheet pan meals for weekdays when I have some cooking time but not much; platters and bowls for nights when we eat at different times; something that makes great leftovers or provides the building blocks for future meal prep when we have time in the kitchen over the weekend.

At this time of year, even this system may seem inadequate, but every year I take a deep breath and remind myself that it works, at least mostly. And speaking of making dinner work during May Madness: Our latest episode of „The Family Dinner Project“ podcast is dedicated to this very topic. We discuss planning (and over-planning), keeping your sanity, and how to actually ensure everyone gets fed when there’s no room left on the calendar.

Of course, May Madness also brings with it many wonderful things – one of the reasons the calendar ends up so full is the many opportunities for celebration. So if you’re honoring a mother or mother figure this month, celebrating a graduation, or cheering on some end-of-year milestones with your family, check out some of these resources to make the most of your special moments:

Here’s to a month full of memories and excitement, even if the calendar may be very crowded!


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