It's easy to occasionally follow a recipe and create a stunning meal for your family. You'll be thanked, applauded, and heralded as a "wonderful chef." You may get an 8/10, maybe a 9 if you're lucky.
It's much harder to be the parent who does what they can, day after day, to fashion a meal for everyone. It may only be a 7, but at least you’re not going to bed hungry.
By all means praise the one cook wonder — positive reinforcement is marvellous, but let’s not forgot about the person who does it every day.