Did you know that eating meals together as a family can make your kids smarter? According to a newsletter from Rutgers, studies have shown that family mealtimes can increase kids’ vocabulary, creating better readers.

Family meals may make kids smarter, but planning and preparing them can send busy homeschool moms into stress overload. That’s where a well-planned menu can save the day. Try my 8 meal planning tips to make family meal times something your entire family – including you – can enjoy.

Pick a country

Most weeks I try to make sure I’ve included one Mexican and one Italian night since those are enjoyed by most of my family. Mexican may be quesadillas, chimichangas, tacos (chicken or beef), or my new favorite, crock pot beef fajitas. Italian usually means grilled chicken and fettuccine Alfredo or spaghetti unless I can convince Brianna to make stuffed shells.

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