Meal Planning Monday (6th January 2014)

Well here it is, the first #mealplanningmonday of 2014. How has the new year been treating you so far?

I don’t know about you but I am desperate for some good, healthy food. My body feels like it’s been absolutely rammed full of junk the past few months and I’ve really got to try and eat more fruit and veg. Also, I really want to lose a stone of weight over the next couple of months so I’m going to be eating a lot less sugar and fewer carbs. The sugar I can do, the carbs are a problem as I love them but I’m going to try because I have two big trips abroad this year and I don’t want to be podgy for them so whilst I am going to get some more new meals on the go, they’ll also be lots more basic fish’n’veg combos.

Before I launch into the meal-planning I just wanted to remind everyone of two things.

1. Firstly, we have our Facebook group. If you haven’t joined, come over and find us. The idea is to use it as a source of chat, inspiration, tips and hints for meal planning. You can find the group HERE.

2. Secondly there is a collaborative Pinterest board in action ready for you to share all your favourite #mealplanningmonday family meals with the world! If you want to pin your own tried and tested recipes from your blog, then do get in contact so I can add you to the board. The board currently has 640 followers with more following every day.

Okay, enough of that! On with the meal plan.

Salmon fillet with steamed greens (& new potatoes for the husband)
Vegetable biryani
Bang bang chicken salad
Sweet and sour pork
Balsamic chicken farfalle
Roast dinner – lamb I think!

Only five meals as I’m eating out one day with my little cherub and the boys will have pizza!

So, over to you guys! If you’re new to my blog or #mealplanningmonday all you have to do is this – write a blog post about your meal plan for the week and submit the URL of your post using the Linkytools below. If you’ve not got a blog but want to join in, that’s fine – just leave a comment below telling us what you’re planning this week.  Any questions, just holler at me via email (in the contact page) or on Twitter @madamding.

I’ve tried to drum up some interest on Twitter and would like to get some more people talking about #mealplanningmonday and joining in during 2014 – all RT’s and shares on Facebook etc would be greatly appreciated! The more the merrier and more inspiration for us all!

Have a great week, the first back in the old routine and I’ll catch up with you next week!



6 Comments on “Meal Planning Monday (6th January 2014)”

  1. I don’t think it can be classed as interfering at all – they are our children! I am the same as you and will get involved when I think needed. There are 30 kids in each class so parents really do need to get involved and also support their children’s education at home. With the best will in the world the teachers will not have time to do everything so I see it as a team effort between parents and teachers

  2. You’re not interfering, you have absolute responsibility for your child’s education whether they are in school or not.

  3. I don’t think what you did was interfering. If you have a concern, you are right to share it. For so long, children were written off as “stupid” or “incapable” at very young ages for a number of reasons. Awareness of many issues are much higher now (one would say we are all too sensitive and there is a school of thought that too many children are diagnosed as ADHD when they are not) and it’s hard for a teacher to pick up on everything – tho the best have got their whole class pretty down to a tee by the first half term.

    I know you have some quite inexperienced teachers but occasionally, I’ve spoken to more experienced teachers just to ask them what they think on a certain issue.

    To my mind, interfering is a lot stronger than what you have done. Some parents are very combative towards all teachers and are there at the whiff of anything. They often move their children at the sign of the slightest problem “usually over something and nothing” as has been suggested to me by a teacher I know, a fact borned out by my experience of parents who’ve moved kids out of the children’s primary school or those who have moved their kids in! (Thankfully, more of the latter).

    As long as parents are prepared to work with teachers to help their children be the best they can be and become confident, independent learners, there is nothing wrong with parents raising issues about their child’s education.

  4. Education should be a joint responsibility between parents and teachers and if one side is not pulling their weight (or missing something) then it’s right that the other should speak up in the interest of the child. Concerns should be shared the way successes are celebrated.I don’t interfere for the sake of feeling important, but I do make an effort to keep communication lines open so that teachers feel they can speak to me before a niggle becomes a problem.

  5. Having spent 8 out of the 10 years my children were at primary school acting, as an unpaid TA, it was beneficial. Although I was supporting other children, she could speak to me on an professional level. Unfortunately, we weren’t as fortunate at secondary school. It’s not good to look back and say ‘if only…’ Children’s education should be a two way partnership, and as they get older the children should be involved too.

  6. Coming back to this as I had quick word with the teacher today. In E’s class they have a reward system topping with “role model” He’s been trying so hard for ages to become a role model (they get to sit on chairs during carpet time!) and was almost in tears today when I picked him up. It was the first thing he said “I didn’t get to be a role model again today” 🙁 I told his teacher (out of earshot) that he’d been on about it for ages and was there anything specific he need to work harder on, partially to see if there was something I needed to be aware of, but also to bring it to her attention that it was important to him and he was doing his best. It’s easy for some kids to be overlooked and I don’t expect him to get preferential treatment, but I can see how disheartened he’s been getting. That was kind of interfering, I think, but I did it anyway

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