Thursday, 2 October 2014

'We have no food Mum'!. What no food means to a child and what it means to me. Also, trying to feed children when your purse is in your husbands car. My morning stress!

After feeling really stressed the past week because I seem to constantly have children telling me there is nothing to eat in the house and having to deal with that as well as everything else, it all seems to be getting to me a lot more than usual. Between 7 of us I am sure at least 5 of us know where the shops are! However, it's down to me to think about always having the cupboards stocked and if they aren't I'm in for it.

When they say there is no food in the house what they really mean is that there is nothing that they reallllly fancy eating right at that very minute. We are low on food and I have a food shop coming but if for some reason there was a freak storm outside and we were all housebound for a few days we would survive! There would be some interesting meals made and we would be eating dry cereal for breakfast or maybe frozen peas, but we wouldn't fade away or die from hunger.

Most days I stick my head in the freezer and wonder why it's not full to the brim with every possible flavour of Ben and Jerry's for me to choose from. It just isn't going to happen! There is never going to be a time when you pop your head in a cupboard or in the fridge and there will be that one thing you are craving right at that very second. It's just the way it works. I can easily spend over £150 a week on the food shop and someone will still moan that I forgot to buy something that they really wanted.

My food heaven!

I want to downsize the shopping bill whilst still being able to feed us all for the week and not get to the point where they are all moaning at me because there is 'no food'. That and the fact that they are just being fussy, what's wrong with mushy peas for breakfast??!

I did a food shop last night but missed out on a delivery slot for today, so it's arriving tomorrow. No worries I thought, I can pop down to the local Co Op and grab some lunchbox essentials and milk. However, I woke up and the OH has gone to work with my bag (and the pushchair) in the car. I moaned, whinged, moaned some more and then got on with it. Thing 4 has free hot dinners at school, Thing 3 was happy to take a cheque to pay for a hot dinner as I had no cash. Thing 2 however, moaned, whined, cried and grumbled. Even after I said that I would phone her school and I am sure they would let her eat from the canteen and I can send money in tomorrow she still moaned because she didn't want to eat from the canteen. So it's her fault if she is hungry today, not mine. I offered a solution, she could have had a lovely hot meal and a drink, possibly some snacks too. Now she has gone off to school grumpy because it wasn't what she wanted and she stressed me out in the process.

My children's idea of what food they neeeeed!! 

So there we have it. There is food in the house, just not any food to make a normal looking lunch. Thing 5 and I have something with eggs planned for lunch or pasta with lasagne sauce, no normal bolognese sauce!

The reality of the weekly food shop, and I still forget stuff!

My one gripe, there's no milk!!!!! I can't get through the day without tea. I'm off to grumble at myself for being rubbish at food shopping and not making sure everyone has everything they want 24/7. What a rubbish mother and wife I am??!

Is it the same in your house? Am I the only person who gets to the point where there is 'nothing' to eat? Do you think others in the house should be a bit more active in helping?

1 comment:

  1. This post made me chuckle! Its the kind of thing that would happen here! I get moans of 'Im hungry' yet when I offer them food they do not want it! They always want what we don't have!