Being a special needs parent isn’t easy. This past week we got confirmation of something we already knew. Our youngest son, Edison, was formally diagnosed with Autism. We weren’t surprised, since Sebby has Autism too and all of the signs were there. People have been asking me how I’m holding up, and to be honest, it’s easy to feel like this is my normal. But the fact is that it’s really important to find ways to take a break as a special needs parent and celebrate the everyday.
Evenings are almost always chaos at our house, so it’s a small (okay huge) victory when we can get an at home date night. How that works is we get the kids dinner early and off to bed. Teeth brushed, jammies on, stories read, and sometimes bribed with technology. Whatever works right?
Here’s the catch. Every time we think we’re going to plan some elaborate dinner for two, we are interrupted by little voices calling down the stairs with various needs from being tucked in again to needing water. Multiple times. The result is either burned food or me eating a cold dinner. That’s not really my idea of finding time with my husband.
How do we find a way to have a nice dinner that’s not derailed by kids that need lots of attention? There’s a real secret to this. Easy meal prep. We’re fans of Bertolli Meals for Two. Cooking dinner in about 10 minutes means we can maximize spending time together.
One of our favorites? Bertolli Frozen Chicken Florentine. It’s cheesy goodness. “Bertolli’s version of the classic Italian favorite, Farfalle pasta cooks up al dente. Grilled white meat chicken and tender spinach are prepared in a luscious sauce made with white wine and Parmesan and Romano cheeses.” This delicious meal comes in a family size too, for the times when we DON’T put the kids to bed early.
Bertolli Meals for Two (and the family size) is easy to find at Walmart, plus there is a sweet iBotta offer. Earn $1 with Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Meals for Two (featured items) and Bertolli Family Size! Stock up on Bertolli and P.F. Chang’s Meals for Two and you’ll always be ready to celebrate the every day!
How do we After we’ve made our meal for two cue up a series or movie on Netflix and hope for the best. That’s all we can do, right?
Whether you’re a special needs parent or not, don’t forget to find time for yourself and your spouse. Parenting takes so much out of us and we owe to ourselves to regroup.