For many working mothers, managing the household can often become a cooperative event. This is particularly true when there are older children in the home, who may be more capable of caring for themselves for short periods of time, or who are able to attend to the needs of younger children while the mother is still away from the home. Perhaps the most concerning time for teaching responsibility can be when children are left to tend to nutritional needs without adult supervision. While factors that can influence this will depend upon the age of the children, some of the common worries include:
The variety of choices also allows mother to determine the level of involvement and responsibility that can be taught. Ready-made food kits can include full and kid friendly meals such as mac and cheese or even pancakes, but they can be prepared with just the addition of boiling water.
With high quality food kits, moms can check the nutritional labels to know that it is good for children, and can also have the assurance that a greater sense of pride in preparing a full meal can also help to instill responsibility. Mother’s who have teens in the home will also have the peace of mind that food preparation in times of emergency can be a viable choice. This may include showing teens how to safely handle sterno, propane heaters, and other alternative power sources for heating water. With a small amount of initial supervision, younger and older children can all experience the sense of accomplishment of eating high quality and tasty foods at a moment’s notice, and under any conditions.