It will pay off, y'all.
Last night I went to bed not feeling so great. I woke up in the middle of the night feeling even worse. I woke up feeling ROUGH. My husband doesn't get to just call in. . . he has to go in and see about things and get things situated if something comes up and he needs to be home. Turns out, even though he planned to be home right after lunch, it was closer to 5pm. God was good and gracious though, and the baby took a really long nap and everyone got along well.
My 3 year old woke up "tick" too. She and I lay in the bed all day together watching Daniel Tiger's Neighborhood and resting. I sat up while the baby was awake until his nap, then I put him in his crib and I went to bed with my sweet girl. My big girls did their school and their chores plus my oldest spent the afternoon baking banana bread and she made supper for us. She's 11. We had a roast, green beans, and homemade mashed potatoes. She'd never fixed any of those things before, but she's cooked several other things. I gave her directions and she followed them.
I strongly encourage all mamas to teach their kids some basic cooking skills.
Teaching them easy things builds their confidence to try harder things and may be even get a little creative on their own! My older two kids can make grilled cheese, pancakes, scrambled eggs, and a few other dishes. My oldest child can also make her specialty, pineapple casserole along with some other more complicated things. It will serve them well when they are on their own, or when you need a night off from the kitchen!
Check out our delicious meal on our not so fancy every day dishes!