Y'all have probably already noticed that I am much more adamant about teaching real “life skills” than I am about book knowledge.
I came into a marriage at the age of twenty not knowing how to do…well, anything really. I mean, I had lived on my own for a while so I could do laundry and fix a pot of spaghetti, vacuum a carpet, and clean a bathroom — but that was about it.
I decided early on that I didn't want my children to be so ill-prepared for life. I wanted more for them. I know I have mentioned in previous entries that my children begin doing chores at age 2, my oldest four can cook and bake (and they even prepared an entire Thanksgiving meal by themselves when I was in bed with a migraine), and more.
This week my oldest son, age 11, decided he wanted to plan the meals for the next two weeks. My only guideline was that the total had to come in at $150 or less per week.
So Gator sat down yesterday and planned away; breakfasts, lunches, and suppers for ten people (I'm on a restrictive diet, so I don't eat what the rest of the family does) for two weeks. He made a menu in OpenOffice, printed it out (along with his recipes), made a shopping list, and placed them all in his binder. Then last night we went grocery shopping.
The total: under $200 for two weeks!
Way to go, Gator! He undercut his budget by $100!
He will be sharing his mealplan on his blog later today, if you want to check it out.