Funny replies when your family asks what's for dinner

It gets tiring when every single day your kids ask, “what’s for dinner?” When you’re a mom it feels like you are constantly cooking dinner for your family. Sometimes you can’t help but wonder why do they need to eat every night?

If the cooking is not bad enough, there are the fussy child demands of “I can’t eat that, the lasagna is disgusting.” Yeah, enough with the first world problems, at least you have dinner, unlike many children who go hungry every night.

If your family doesn’t appreciate your cooking and you get tired of hearing, “What’s for dinner?” you can use a few of these comeback lines for a laugh on the nights you want your family to get their own dinner.

15 Best replies when someone asks what’s for dinner

1. Your dinner is in the recipe book page 22. And the ingredients are at the store.

2. The kitchen is closed due to illness. I’m sick of cooking!

3. Tonight you get a choice of two house specials…take it or leave it!

4. We have two dinner options in our house: eat it or starve!

5. Annoying the cook may result in smaller portions.

6. You tell me. What were you planning on cooking?

7. Hopefully, food!

8. Hamburger with a sprinkle of hope.

9. Isn’t that the eternal question that haunts all of us parents.

10. I’m hopeful that you’ll be cooking and you won’t set off the smoke alarm this time.

11. That hardest part of being an adult is figuring out what to cook for dinner every night.

12. Why do you need dinner every night?

13. I think it’s your turn to cook. Should we look at the delivery app?

14. Maybe vodka and toast?

15. You could make a gourmet meal of cereal and milk.

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Kelly was tired of her six kids asking what’s for dinner

Kelly, a hardworking mother of six, found herself exhausted from the constant barrage of “What’s for dinner?” from her children. Every evening, as soon as they walked through the door, the question echoed through the house like a broken record.

Determined to put an end to the daily inquiry, Kelly decided to shake things up. She gathered her kids and announced a new rule: each child would take turns planning and preparing dinner for the family.

The idea was met with a mix of excitement and apprehension, but Kelly hoped it would not only alleviate her burden but also teach her children valuable life skills.

The following week, the kids eagerly took on the challenge. From elaborate spaghetti dinners to creative sandwich buffets, each child brought their own flair to the kitchen. As the days passed, Kelly watched with pride as her children gained confidence and independence in the kitchen.

The once-dreaded question of “What’s for dinner?” transformed into a delightful anticipation of the unique culinary creations her children would present each evening. Kelly’s decision not only lightened her load but also fostered a sense of teamwork and creativity within her family.

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When you are dealing when your family asks what’s for dinner and you find it stressful, consider getting support from a professional. Talking to a counselor is a great way to work through a challenging situation, and help you find some strategies to work through the person’s behaviour.


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  1. Child: What’s for dinner?
    Me: stuff
    Child:what is the stuff
    Me: food
    Child: what kind of food
    Me: food you eat
    Child: what is the food
    Me: It’s food. I literally just said it
    And so on

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