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When Cooking for the Family Becomes Too Much

Life isn’t easy. We all know that it’s filled with ups and downs. Sometimes we can handle them, and other times we begin to feel overwhelmed. When we guys began cooking for the family, maybe it was out of necessity or out of a sense of duty. Maybe we just loved it. When things take a turn for the worse, cooking is one love that can quickly become a burden. Don’t worry when this happens. We can make it through it, you just follow a few steps.

Not Every Meal Has to Be a Feast

We all get overwhelmed. Maybe it was a hard day at work, medical issues with the family or one of a million other problems that plague us every day. Don’t worry about making every meal fit for a king. Sometimes a few cardboard pizzas in the oven or Chinese takeout is worth it. It lets you focus on the things that matter most to you at the time and frees up time for you. The family will be fine with it, and you can get a well needed rest. Sometimes taking it easy for a night is all you need to recharge your batteries.

Ask for Help

Let’s face it; we don’t like asking for help. It’s the same reason why we don’t ask for directions and why we insist on fixing things ourselves rather than hiring a contractor. The same goes for when we’re cooking for the family. We like to put the whole thing on ourselves, but when we’re feeling overwhelmed, it’s important to ask for help. That could mean a little help with preparation, or even a night off for you to just relax. Yes, we’re Superman, Batman and Captain America (sorry for crossing comics) all wrapped into one; but even Superman has his Fortress of Solitude.

Yes, They’ll Understand

The problems with being the emotional and physical rock for the family is we fear that when we become overwhelmed that other family members won’t understand. We’ve always been strong, but when life takes a turn for the worse, we need that support too. Don’t worry about it, our families will understand. They’ll be there for us when we need them. They’re family.

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