Other than “I don’t wanna get up!”, what I get most in the mornings is “I’m not hungry.” I know from experience that eating breakfast will help my kids concentrate better in the classroom, so I don’t take no for an answer. Maya doesn’t have lunch until almost 1pm, so if she skipped breakfast, her grumbly tummy wouldn’t let her focus on her work!
I’ve used this metaphor with her – pretend you are a car. If a car runs out of gas, it’ll break down and won’t be able to go anywhere. A car can’t run on empty, and neither can your growing body! It seems to have worked. Maya will often wake up before me, make herself a bowl of cereal and read a book, waiting for everyone else to get up. It’s lovely. Maura, on the other hand, is not a morning person. She begrudgingly eats breakfast. If she gets hungry, she gets HANGRY so I could never let her go to school without eating at least a little something. I wouldn’t do that to her poor teacher!
With only a few weeks left until school starts, we’ve started making some small changes in our routine, in attempt to go back to our normal schedule. Setting out clothes the night before, going to bed early, waking up early, getting dressed (as much as I love being in PJs all day!), and eating breakfast together.
As for what we eat, that varies. One morning I may get fancy and make omelettes out of the previous night’s leftovers, the next might just be oatmeal, fruit salad, and a glass of milk, and the day after that, a big bowl of Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini Wheats® and an apple. It all depends on how much time we have, really, and what the girls feel like eating. I aim for a grain, milk, and fruit in their breakfast and usually it works out that way.
I make things easier by setting out a box of cereal, along with bowls and spoons, on the kitchen counter the night before, so if the little ones get up early, they can help themselves. No need for an adult to help them reach a high shelf. I chop up fruit for their lunches and set some aside for breakfast. For those mornings that are super rushed, I have a stash of granola bars and individually-portioned baggies full of cereal so they can chug some milk and munch on cereal or a breakfast bar at the bus stop.
Every Day is a Big Day program
In the summer months everyone would eat when they felt like it. No more of that! August is all about starting a Nutrition Tradition. Establishing a Back to School routine of eating breakfast together as a family, eating together 5 days straight and incorporating something healthy every day.
This is the FIRST of 5 Mini™ Missions in Scholastic and Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini Wheats® “Every Day is a Big Day” program, where families are invited to complete monthly missions for an opportunity to earn free Scholastic books and be entered into a sweepstakes.
How it works:
- Visit scholastic.com/minimissions to register for the Every Day is a Big Day program.
- Each month, log in and complete a new Mini™Mission to earn 2 free Scholastic books for your family.
- When your family completes a Mini™ Mission, you are also entered into a sweepstakes where 131 prizes will be awarded to schools and communities each month. Prizes include gift cards, book sets, grants, and even a library makeover!
- Download free monthly stories chronicling Mini’s™ adventures against the evil Skipper.
Kellogg’s® Frosted Mini-Wheats® and Scholastic have partnered to bring you the Every Day is a Big Day program, created to benefit families, schools and communities across the country.
Your family is invited to complete monthly Mini™ Missions to get free books for your family. Also, each month you’ll be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance to win one of 131 valuable prizes for your school and community. As you earn books and enter the sweepstakes, your family is sure to have a blast and learn something new along the way!
Start here and register for your first monthly mission!
This is a sponsored conversation by me on behalf of Kellogg’s(R) Frosted Mini-Wheats(R). The opinions and text are all mine.