Breakfast Tip 1

When I was a smaller Chelsea, I recall my mother telling me about a woman she knew. “She makes breakfast every day for her children,” she said with incredulity.

Now that I’m a mother, I understand the surprise. Now that I am a mother to older children and I value my time in bed, I wonder at the sanity of that breakfast-baking woman. Did she know the benefits of (empty calorie) cereal?

Independence is important to teach children, for a variety of reasons. And independence doesn’t have to be about fetching crackers or applesauce packets when the need arises. It can also include making one’s own breakfast.


My breakfast tip for this week is to buy a few breakfast items the kiddos can ‘make’ themselves.

My favorites are bagels, yogurt, cereals, bread (for toast), and Costco muffins. Sometimes I enter Super Mom mode and bake muffins of my own. Other times, I have leftover waffles or pancakes.

Pancakes are great snack items or morning-after breakfast foods, by the way. Some days I grab a few and make PB&J sandwiches for an on-the-go breakfast.

Most mornings, I wake to the pleasant tinkle of spoons on cereal bowls or the smell of reheated waffles. Up until they get into a fight over the syrup, it’s a very pleasant morning.

8 thoughts on “Breakfast Tip 1

  1. Those are good ideas. For my oldest I have resorted to pointing to the protein shakes. He would eat a muffin or something similar – and I would feel a little bit better about momself! 🙂

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    1. Heck, at least it’s not the candy bar I had to take away from my second when he was six years old. He really could not understand why that wasn’t okay. 🙂

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  2. I’m lucky my husband does breakfast duty while I get to catch up on some sleep, but it’ll eventually revert back to me and I’ll be counting down to when they’ll be old enough to do it themselves. Getting my oldest to do it, though, will be a different story.

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    1. Mine are so prone to snacking, even with all the breakfast options. They need some guidance (e.g., eat a banana and NOT beef jerky), but they’ve gotten better with age. 🙂

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  3. My son (14) hates breakfast. He grabs an Ensure. (Mom works the early shift, so Dad’s hahahahahaha in charge) Daughter a banana, but only if it is immaculate with no bruises whatsoever.

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    1. I have to beg my oldest to at least toast. And the banana thing is all my kids. They’re so spoiled! I want to send them out into the forest to forage for themselves and see how picky they get.


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