First, this is not a one-man job. I encourage you to enlist your family for input and help when meal planning. Kids and spouses can assist with finding recipes, making meal suggestions, creating shopping lists, writing out a menu for the week, labeling, and even grocery shopping. As a fellow mom, I know we all too often take on this burden ourselves. Including the family is not only helpful, but creates quality time and builds useful skills for adulthood. Win-win!
Our schedules are crazy and always changing. Make sure you have some easy recipes + ingredients on hand (think spaghetti, frozen pizza, etc.) that you can whip up on the fly. You should also think about and prepare meals that are good while on-the-go. Peanut butter & jelly sandwiches, veggie sticks, and fruit slices are easy to prep and have on hand for when an extra practice gets added to the schedule or the kids are moving a little slower than usual. Having flexible meals for flexible schedules is key.