Breakfast: The Most Important Meal of the Day
Mornings are always crazy. Johnny asks for five more minutes to sleep in. Janie takes what seems like a five-hour shower. Joanie spends so long doing hair, make-up, and wardrobe that she seems completely oblivious to the passage of time. Some days, it seems it’s all you can do to get your kids off to school on time. How can you get them to sit down and have a healthy breakfast in the middle of all the hub-bub?
*Meet with your kids as a group and tell them that a new day has dawned. Let them know that the morning rituals that have existed prior will be changed starting tomorrow. Tell them why things are changing. “Sell” them on the idea by telling them how the changes will benefit them. Ask them for their cooperation with the new plan. You may even let them negotiate certain elements of the new plan: it is easier for kids to accept plans if they have helped shape those plans.
*Have your kids do as much as possible the night before. Janie can take her daily showers at night rather than in the morning. Joanie can choose her outfit the night before rather than in the morning.
*No more dawdling. No more sleeping in for Johnny, at least not on school days. No more I-need-a-full-hour-for-hair-and-make-up for Joanie. Create a timeline that is reasonable and stick to it.
*Prepare as much of breakfast as possible the night before. Bacon and eggs can be made the night before and microwaved quickly the next morning. (This frees you up a little in the morning so that you can keep an eye on your kids’ adherence to the timeline.)
*The above tips should create a window of time for breakfast. In the allotted breakfast time, make breakfast an enjoyable experience for your kids. Good food, nurturing, and good conversation can motivate your kids to want to adhere to the plan and make time for breakfast again tomorrow.
*If you are running out the door yourself, make sure your babysitter knows the routine so it is a smooth transition for her as well.
These are just a few tips for making time for breakfast. Additional tips will vary based on each family’s specific breakfast obstacles. Whatever you do, make it a great start to your day!
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