Does cooking dinner feel like a hassle?

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Many of the people I talk to about stress prevention say that one of the biggest stressors is having to cook dinner (which has to be varied and nutritious) for their family within a limited time period every day, at a time when everybody is hungry and tired. My advice is always to decide that dinner does not have to be ready by a fixed time, have healthy snacks ready to start with while everybody helps with the cooking, involve the children in both the shopping and the preparation – even very young children can do something or other in the kitchen, most of them prefer being involved in a task rather than being snapped at because mummy or daddy does not have time to talk to them, they should actually learn about food early on, AND it is a great way of being together. The day is short enough already without seeing preparation of dinner as a stressful task which you have to get over and done with.