This is my final installment of my “Mom On A Mission” blog series, where I teamed up with a family nourishment coach to bring more peace and joy to my family’s mealtimes. I can’t believe that I am at the end of my 3-month journey (See Missions 1-5 here.) I have learned so much and have tried to share it all with you!
Before I lay out my final mission, let’s go over a brief review of Division of Responsibility (DOR), the foundation behind all of the success in this series.
Division of Responsibility is (DOR) is a proven model of feeding children that provides structure, clarity and most importantly of all, a supportive and gentle approach to teaching children how to eat well.
Here are 3 important aspects of DOR:
1. Learn the power of divided responsibilities.
2. Create a daily structure for meals and snacks.
3. Stop pressuring and start supporting our kids when eating.
In this last operation, my goal was to tackle how to bring together all of the knowledge I have gained and figure out a system for maintaining it in the long-term. I have achieved so much success using Division of Responsibility, that I don’t want to lose any momentum.
The Plan of Attack
I am tackling my final mission with two strategies. Read on below!
Open Communication: Continue the dialogue with my family members.
One of the reasons for my success with DOR is that my family is a part of the process. I create a meal plan that I post every week so that they can see what’s on the menu, and participate in what goes on it. I ask for requests when I am doing my meal planning to make sure I am including a variety of their familiar foods. I also am going to keep my husband in the loop by checking in with him (even a 5-minute conversation keeps you connected) and letting him know how it’s going. I will also ask for his requests to include on the menu (something I hadn’t thought to do before because I was so focused on the kids.)
Organization and Planning: Create a Meal Planner System
One of my challenges moving forward is how to track all of the successes and failures I am having with familiar and unfamiliar foods, as well as capture the many meal ideas I come up with in a week. Between all of the blogs, Facebook posts, cookbooks, magazine articles, and Pinterest pins, I find tons of recipes to try every week. I want to create a system where I can jot down these ideas and plug them into a future meal planner so that I am building my menus as I go about my daily life. That way, when I sit down every week to put it all together, I have already started the work and just have to fill in some familiar foods that work for my family.
I suspect that this menu planner is just the beginning for me in developing my system, but so far, it is working really well for me. I like that I can print it and write on it, but also fill it in online. Download a free copy for yourself here. Below is an example of how I am using the weekly menu page.
I’d love to hear what you think of this system. Please tell me in the comments section below.
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