Instead of your kids asking what's for dinner, why not recruit their help in actually making it? They'll have a good time mixing ingredients and feeling helpful -- and they will definitely take more of an interest in cleaning their plate if they helped to make what goes on it.
I think of my kitchen as my office: Don't mess up my papers, don't delve into my utensil drawer, or rearrange my pantry, or interrupt me when I'm on the cooking equivalent of a conference call: preparing a complicated dinner with three different side dishes that are all going to come out simultaneously, perfectly browned or warmed or buttered. So I used to shudder when my youngest, Faith, would ask, "Can I help?"
Ever notice how people seem to gather in the kitchen? Why not transform this trend into an "official" gathering, and stage a cook-off. It's a sure way to have some fun, spend some time together, and -- if all goes well -- enjoy some great grub. So get cookin'!
Instead of your kids asking what's for dinner, why not recruit their help in actually making it?