I hate wasting leftovers, I mean absolutely hate it. This probably stems from my childhood when we weren’t exactly rich, probably existing just above poverty level as it was just myself and my mother for years. We even had to sustain ourselves for some time on things like government cheese, powdered milk and the like. So when my daughter has leftovers, I have to find a way to use it or I feel like I’m wasting food.
Our kids are pretty smart, Urban Dads have to be smart too. When I need to do a list of mundane things, I try to make errands fun and plan some of it out like an adventure. I get my daughter invested in it all by asking her some questions beforehand and then checking with her later to ensure she’s still on board the adventure (which includes things like grocery shopping, going to the bank, etc.)