My free, monthly newsletter for parents of kids in sports or other activities has always provided a dinner recipe along with easy directions for freezing and reheating leftovers. These individual, frozen dinners can be used when games, practices, lessons, or performances prevent a child from eating dinner with the family. The newsletter now includes sports tips for parents who want to support their kids in their athletic endeavors.
I added this feature to my newsletter on the assumption that most parents who read it learned about the newsletter from my website and know that I write sports-mysteries for children ages 8 to 12. The sports tips will be useful for parents whose children are in sporting activities.
Make-Ahead Recipes Are Important
The main object of the newsletter is still the monthly recipe and dear to my heart. One of the problems I faced as the parent of three athletic children was trying to provide healthy dinners when one child, and sometimes two children, couldn’t eat dinner with the rest of us. It was a situation that left me scrambling because the older and more proficient my athletes became, the more practices and games they had.
This explosion of involvement is a reality for all children who try a sport or an activity because it looks like fun or they are encouraged to try it by their parents, coaches, teachers, or older brothers and sisters, or friends. The more they like it, the harder they work, the better they become, and the whole thing snowballs.
The child may have not have been a serious hockey player, soccer player, hip hop dancer, or guitar player at first but, after a few years of enjoyment and encouragement, self-motivation takes over and the child begins to work harder to reach higher and higher levels of achievement. And that’s a good thing.
The recipes I supply are designed for all busy parents who are trying to provide nutritional meals for their equally busy children, whether the kids are in sports, or are dancers or musicians, or involved in any activity that takes them away from home at dinner time.
There Will be a Few Changes
There will still be a dinner recipe in most newsletters, but I plan to alternate that with some lunch and snack suggestions. Fast food is sometimes the emergency fall-back choice but, for the most part, parents are very concerned about not only supplying healthy food for their kids but also teaching them why good food choices are always important.
- Good food helps keep your family healthy. Almost everyone, however, turns to fast food when there is a time crunch and no time to cook and, sometimes, people want to eat junk food just for fun. However, most people understand that when you prepare food from scratch, there will be no, or very few, chemical additives, and you can control and reduce the amount of sugar, salt, and fat in your meals.
- All the recipes have been tested in my kitchen by me and served to my family and friends. Not everyone in the family liked everything I cooked (my guests were too polite to complain and so I don’t know about them), but that is the joy of freezing and serving leftovers. After you have a supply, family members can pick their favorites.
- These recipes may not be suitable for kids who have allergies or are on special diets and you have to check the ingredients carefully.
- My children were all meat lovers when they were young, but one of them became a vegetarian, and suddenly many of my recipes were no longer suitable for her. Fortunately (for me), she didn’t become a vegan and continues to eat seafood, and I have learned to find alternate recipes that I can cook along with meat dishes to keep everyone happy.
- One great joke on me when I designed my newsletter and had my file of recipes ready was that I remembered I had to include both metric and imperial measurements for everything. Hahahaha! Fortunately, we now use metric in Canada, but old family recipes usually list imperial, and I’m used to moving back and forth between the two.
Let’s Hear It For The Fans
“Let’s Hear it for the Fans” is the new section of the newsletter where I will add a few brief tips for parents who are doing their best to support their little athletes and help them find success. After a few years of buying hockey equipment and taking a player to games and practices, you know the ropes. It’s not so easy when you are the parent of a young hockey player and new to the game yourself. It’s nice to know what the experts recommend for, say, buying new or used equipment, and when to pay top dollar for extra protection.
Also, the protocols for parents may be different in different districts—some more flexible than others—but it is nice to know what is generally accepted and what isn’t and why.
I hope you will let me know what you think about these changes in the remarks section below. You are asked for your e-mail address but it’s not revealed to anyone—have no fear. I value your privacy, and would never sell my list.
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