Mornings are hard. Monday mornings are especially hard. And if you have sleepy kids that don’t know what they want for breakfast and they keep changing their minds, it can be a bit too much. Especially before that first cup of coffee.
We used to have that fight every morning.
I want Weetabix. No, I want toast. No, I didn’t want THAT toast, I wanted the other bread…
Deep breathing. Coffee.
Make toast with the other bread. No, I don’t want this. I want a bagel.
More deep breathing. More coffee.
I started thinking that it had to be a way to make mornings easier for all of us and, after much deliberation and conversations with myself, I decided to make up a Breakfast Menu. It had to be balanced, healthy and tasty, so I could sell it to the kids. And it had to be manageable so we could implement it.
This is what I came up with.
MONDAY : TOAST
TUESDAY : CEREAL (they get to choose their favourite: Cheerios, Rice Crispies…)
WEDNESDAY : WEETABIX (with or without raisins)
THURSDAY : PORRIDGE with honey
FRIDAY : FRENCH TOAST
SATURDAY : PANCAKES with chocolate, syrup. strawberries, lemon and sugar… anything!
SUNDAY : WAFFLES or SCONES
The beauty of this menu is that they know what they are having every morning, so it takes away the element of surprise and therefore the opportunity to be disappointed. It also helps me and Mr B to be more organised, to have breakfast on the table quicker which gives them more time to (
sleep on it) have it without being rushed. Plus the fact that there have “treats” at the weekend (pancakes, waffles and scones – all home-made) makes the weekend all that more especial.
We have been using the Breakfast Menu for the last year and it has worked wonders in our house. We have cut down dramatically in silly morning arguments, we have more time to talk about the day before or the plans for the day with the kid, they have breakfast much quicker and I have even managed to reduce my caffeine intake. So it’s a WIN/WIN situation.