Take-out Friday might not be great health-wise, or budget-wise, but it is great parenting-wise. Right when I think we should stop doing it to save money or put more nutritious food on the table I'm reminded that A) we eat nutritious meals 3 times a day and almost 7 days a week; B) Take-out runs us $20-40 and I could almost spend that on another meal; C) I can't put a price on these afternoons.
It's not actually just the afternoon it helps with; it's the whole day. Who doesn't like Friday? I wake up feeling like we've almost made it to the weekend. I usually plan something fun with the kids and during nap time I get some work done or a project I've wanted to do or a phone call I've wanted to make. Not once do I think, do I need to thaw something from the freezer? I don't stress over what I should try to get done while they're sleeping or playing. I actually just get to be Mommy.
Take-out Friday is a simple way for us to all celebrate the end of the week and each other. Less dishes, less mess, less stress, less busy-ness.... More love, more laughter, more play time and more meaningful conversations. So, if you haven't tried giving yourself a night off regularly so you can just be with your family, try it!