I was driving home from work and saying things I had on hand out loud and my 15 year old just came up with a supper idea. I've never said the things out loud but it totally helped.
I said I've got bread, milk, stuff to make a salad, oh I have to cook that half pound of bacon, I have conidments lol, cheese...
Stop! Says the 15 year old. Bacon grilled cheese and pickles are calling our names!! I put out carrots and called it a meal!!
So talking out loud pays off, because that didn't even come to mind!
Now if I can just get them to pay attention and stop putting dirty dishes in a freshly cleaned dishwasher life would be sweet! They drive me a little bonkers sometimes, poor DH!