Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Yawn. Why must children eat breakfast?

I'm not a breakfast person. I'm not a morning food person at all since adulthood. But even when I was little, I didn't particularly like breakfast food. I'm not fond of eggs. I don't like breakfast cereal except as an occasional snack. I can choke down oatmeal, but I never sit around thinking, "Man, oatmeal would be so good right now." My dad always insisted that there was no reason to designate a food for a certain time of day. So in childhood, there were often pancakes and bacon for dinner or hamburgers for breakfast. I acclimated.

But now, I have these darn kids. And they expect to eat things. And in the mornings! Ridiculous.

So, I suck it up and I feed them. Now that we're not rushing off to school, I feel like I should be feeding them something more elaborate. But to be honest, I just don't want to. My older son doesn't like eggs, so that rules out a quick plate of scrambled eggs and toast. Oatmeal usually goes over well. Pancakes are always appreciate, but I don't always appreciate making them. (But when I do, I make extra and freeze them.) Waffles are the bane of my existence because I am just not patient enough.

Today we did ok. I was up extra early to make something for my husband to take to work for a potluck.    So of course the first thing I did was make coffee. Then I started the food(not like it takes six hours to cook or anything). Then I decided that we need to get some of this fruit moving. I bought a giant pack of blackberries that haven't been eaten, we have a carton of strawberries not eaten, and half a cantaloupe left(that came from our Bountiful Basket). And..... We still have a bunch of those oranges, plus some pears and apples also from the Bountiful Basket. *sigh* How did produce become such a problem?



Anyway. So the kids had a mix of strawberries, blackberries, and cantaloupe with a cup of yogurt. Pretty simple. And they were generally pleasant this morning, so that helps.

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  1. Honey, seriously. My kids live off cereal bars and (organic!) squeeze yogurt. You're doing very well. PS Breakfast food is gross and it makes me sleepy.

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    1. I'm trying. I know I can't do it all, but I'm trying to do what I can.

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  2. Protein and fiber - you hit the breakfast motherlode.

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  3. When we were homeschooling the kids got what they wanted for breakfast on their own unless we were doing something special. They loved the freedom that pick and eat and learn what to eat and not to eat. At one time I made a list, with them, of things that are acceptable and why for breakfast, snack times and lunch. So they would look at it and pick from it. Of course that meant having stuff on hand but it made life easier and gave them a lot of learning and independence!

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    1. Sometimes I do let them pick. But inevitably they will choose waffles or crepes or something that I have to do. If there's something I'm trying to use up(like the fresh fruit) then I will make the choice for them. Today, for example, I would have been willing to make pancakes but they chose to have cereal. Fair enough. Lunch is the same way. If we need to use something up, like dinner leftovers, then they don't get a vote. But if we have options and no particular time constraints, I'm fine with them getting to choose.

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