We had "the discussion" yesterday, and every other week it will be their responsibility to create the dinner menus, the grocery list, and go shopping with me. Today I worked with my 16 year-old.
Not wanting to overwhelm her, she only worked on dinner menus and used my Master Menus and a blank Menu Plan worksheet. I left my bright daughter alone to figure out what she wanted. She did a great job as shown here.
At the store, I let her push the grocery cart, choose the food, and fill the produce bags. It was fun to teach her how to choose a cantaloupe or an avocado. During this 45 minute trek she started getting hungry and tired of this project. I led her to the bakery for a free cookie, then reminded her of all the times I had done the shopping for her. She has a new appreciation for me, but it is still a new and tedious experience for her.
She actually thinks she is too young for this! I just smiled at that. If these teens can create Power Point presentations, drive cars, and master an iPhone, surely they are old enough to plan menus and grocery shop.
I suspect my daughter will remember 10% of what I said today, however, she gets to do it again in a few weeks. And someday she will do it all by herself.