We all need to eat!
Here’s how we handle food in our multi-generational house. To make it easy, I broke it down by meal.
I make Bryan something for the road before he heads off to work at 6.
The kids and I eat between 7:30-8. We have a weekly meal plan.
When Dad wakes up, he grabs something quick. He has a microwave and a fridge in his room now, which he appreciates. It’s a mini-fridge, so he still keeps his milk and frozen items in the kitchen.
Again, our meal plans are on a rotating plan. Mondays are always the same for breakfast and lunch, and so are Tuesdays, etc.
Dad will occasionally eat with us. I usually try to remember to at least offer to fix him a plate.
At dinnertime, I make one meal and everyone usually partakes.
However, I try to keep some of Dad’s health problems in mind when I cook. I increase his protein and veggie servings to decrease his carbs and help keep his blood sugars regulated.
I don’t try to push my food beliefs on Dad. For instance, I love our raw milk. Dad, not so much. Same with butter. I use the real thing. He prefers margarine on his toast.
I make homemade cream of whatever soups, and Dad buys canned. He doesn’t understand why I like to make so many things from scratch.
Dad is an adult and perfectly capable of making his own decisions about food. My fridge now houses many items that I personally don’t use or buy.
And that’s okay!
Choosing not to argue about these things helps a multi-generational household to run more smoothly. It’s not about food. It’s about showing love and respecting others.
What’s the food situation like in your household? Any tips you could add?