I remember the day that fully convinced me of my desperation for some easy homeschool lunch ideas. It took every ounce of self-control not to lose my cool. Melted cheese oozed down the backsplash, a half-sliced apple was browning on the counter, and a bag of tortilla chips cascaded down the counter like a waterfall. Dirty dishes were everywhere and the clock blared a 2-minute warning to load up for our homeschool co-op.
The table was piled high with co-mingling lunch plates, Bibles, and school notebooks. And frustration was swelling up in my heart like a teakettle about to explode.
It’s safe to say I was unhappy with the situation. I had spent the last 45 minutes dealing with a major business issue that couldn’t wait, sandwiched between our homeschool Bible lesson and a quick lunch so we could race to co-op. My 10-year-old daughter had been tasked with the job of locating that quick lunch and helping her siblings with it.
Was it really that hard?
I walked past the crime scene and belted out a command for everyone to get in the car. We rode silently to co-op as the tears fell hard on my checks. “I am a horrible mother” was among the first of the insults I hurled at myself, followed up with doubts, frustrations, and the overwhelming desire to give up.
Why am I homeschooling? Clearly I am not cut out for this. I mean let’s face it, I’m a single mom. I work full-time and have 4 young children. There’s too much to do and I am simply not able.
The negative self-talk went on for the remainder of the day and into a few more…spiraling from our lunch disaster. I needed a solution and I needed one fast. I asked God many times to show me if I should stop homeschooling or if I should stop working or if I should just never get out of bed. Haha. No seriously, I think I did ask that. For days the answer didn’t come and I wallowed in the “shortcomings” I had created for myself.
Solution: Homeschool Lunch Ideas
Then it hit me. I was sitting in my office working on something that had spilled over a bit into the morning schedule. The kids were in the kitchen making breakfast from the genius Breakfast Station that had saved my sanity and I suddenly saw the answer. If the Breakfast Station was so valuable, why not do the same thing with lunch?
It was one of those moments when a ray of brilliant sunlight shined down onto my face and the angels of heaven sang praise. Ok, I guess that’s really only in movies. But it did feel that good. I knew I had the answer. A Lunch Station would stock my freezer with 2-3 months’ worth of lunches that even my youngest kids could pop out and prepare. Sprinkle in some fruit or carrot sticks and the issue of homeschool lunch was solved.
We made quesadillas, grilled cheese, even mini mac & cheese cups the very next weekend to stock our freezer. The best part is, I found that I don’t use this just for emergencies. Now we have lunch already made every single day. I’m telling you, this has been the biggest blessing to our daily homeschool schedule.
Ready to try it? Check out the Lunch Station pack that I created. Everything is already put together for you. Simply print, shop, and cook. Got other ideas? Share those with us, too!