I know it’s tough being a parent, especially during difficult financial times. Just a suggestion here from a parent of four & grandmother of seven, yes, 7.
When it doesn’t make any difference, say yes to your kids.
So often we have to say no. But what difference does it make if the child wants to wear a certain shirt or wear comfy sweatpants instead of pajamas to bed? If you are having leftovers, let them choose which items they want as long as they get a protein and something with vitamins in it. Use it as an opportunity to teach them balanced menus. Soon they will be able to tell you which protein they are using to balance a carb.
It’s so easy to say no when it really isn’t necessary. Just try it & see if it causes problems or not. As they say, choose your battles. Save it for the really important stuff & not the day to day stuff. And don’t lecture them over every little thing.
It’s too easy to let our adult stress out on the kids (or spouse). Let’s try to change that by saying yes a little more. There are too many families in stress right now. We need to have homes that are safe havens from that as much as possible. That’s what families are for. It helps our families deal better with stress when they leave home.