8 Things Moms Say When Asked What's For Dinner vs. What They Actually Mean
The topic of dinner can be a complicated one in anyone's household. From picky eaters to being too exhausted after a busy day to feel like preparing a Michelin-star-worthy meal, sometimes it would be easier if things were back to the good old days, when your kiddo had a bottle and then went off to bed. Hearing the words "What's for dinner?!" can send a chill down your spine, but, as a good parent, you respond with a smile and keep your real thoughts to yourself. Here are eight ways some parents answer the innocent question . . . and what they're actually thinking.
The Breakfast Defense
What you say: Breakfast for dinner!
What you actually mean: It’s been a long day and I really don’t feel like arguing over how many bites of veggies you eat before you can be excused.
Saved by the Freezer
What you say: That amazing beef stew we haven’t had in a while!
What you actually mean: Thank goodness I have stuff in the freezer for weeks like this.
What you say: Your absolute favorite!
What you actually mean: I don’t believe in bribes, but hopefully this meal can help soften the blow when I mention that we aren’t going on vacation this year.
What you say: You pick!
What you actually mean: I know you’re just going to groan about anything I suggest so let’s just cut to the chase.
A Sly Surprise
What you say: A fun surprise I found the recipe for online!
What you actually mean: A sneaky recipe with hidden vegetables you won’t see coming!
Calling in Reinforcements
What you say: Let me check with Dad!
What you actually mean: I have absolutely no idea and want to see if he can pick something up.
Dazed and Confused
What you say: You’re hungry already?!
What you actually mean: I swear I just fed you . . . keeping up with your growing appetite is getting exhausting!
What you say: Pizza night!
What you actually mean: We made it through another busy week and everyone deserves a treat.