The verdict is in – many moms hate the kitchen. It’s not that we don’t want to give their families healthy, delicious meals. But planning, shopping and cooking only to be rewarded with complaints is taking all the joy out of cooking! And, let’s not forget the after meal clean up (if your children a young like mine that can mean wiping everything from the table and counters to walls and ceilings!)
Researchers are starting to take note.
According to a recent study of home cooking, published in the journal Contexts, mealtime in many homes is a harried experience of trying to shoehorn dinner into tight days and even tighter budgets. Researchers from North Carolina State University interviewed female caregivers in 150 middle- and low-income households and sat in on 40 of their family dinners. All of the families had children between the ages of 2 and 8. Their paper, “The Joy of Cooking?” highlighted that middle-class, working-class, and poor families faced similar challenges. For example, moms from all backgrounds reported difficulty in finding time to prepare meals that the family (particularly children) would eat.
Read more about the study at http://ctx.sagepub.com/content/13/3/20.full.
Is cooking your least favorite household chore? If so, what aspect is the most difficult?