As I’m sure you know, life happens. In our busy family, I never quite know what the morning is going to bring. But of one thing I’m certain, it won’t always go just as I plan.
Time keeps on slippin’, as the song goes, into the future. And the truth is, time waits for no one. The hands of the clock spin whether we dare them to or not. If it were something I could control, my babies would probably still all be babies! Ha. It’s the common denominator in all of our lives, the one common factor we all share, no matter what walk of life, or place in this vast world we live.
While we only get so much time, we are all able to spend from the banks of that clock as we wish. Withdrawals are made for work and sleep, for eating and for play. My favorite withdrawals are for those precious moments with my family… even when many of those said withdrawals are the chaotic minutes of the morning countdown with too many Where are your shoes? and You have to brush your teeth everyday outbursts being uttered.
So when time is of the essence and every moment counts it’s important not to have to sweat the small stuff.
For a mother of four the “small stuff”, like breakfast in a hurry, running late to school or a forgotten deadline can be the difference between the start of a good day or a horrible day. I like to choose the former as much as I can.
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Since everyone is born with a mind and opinion of their own, even at 1 year old, crowds can be tough to please. To cut the inevitable morning confusion and cries of What’s for breakfast? and I don’t like that or I want something else instead off at the pass we came up with a new plan, and so far, it’s been working it’s secret sauce magic into the mix of our morning routine. Kids are creatures of habit, and they love routine and the best way I’ve found to keep them happy and moving along in the morning is to spell out exactly what’s happening and they’ll follow right along! We try not to offer a bunch of choices, but instead have a range of options that are strategically placed on menu for each day. This way, everyone can take a quick look at the menu and is already aware of what’s for breakfast. While it may not be their favorite option every day, I’ve found that they accept it easily and move on, thankful for not having to make the choice.
So a simple food plan or menu helps fight the indecision of young children and allows for preparation. We keep our simple, with options we know they will already love, especially for breakfast!
What I love is that in taking what many times can turn into an argument with each child wanting something different or the time of indecision away, we’ve allowed ourselves more family time around the table… and you all know how I love our farmhouse table family time together! We’ve taken what can be mundane about breakfast and turned it into more moments together, and for me, that’s a total morning win. A secret sauce of planning and preparation that helps in our fight against the clock.
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Breakfast is the easy part! We usually have cereal a couple of mornings a week (easy on mom and the kids!), as well as let the kids take turns adding in some other options, like oatmeal, smoothies or smoothie bowls, eggs (for a morning I know I’ll have time to cook), etc.
Being prepared like this is the first defense but the next best thing is to have an emergency plan if everything fails. What to do if you have no time?
Cheerios has been a life saver for many a mother, and thankfully the kids all love their Cheerios, even our youngest little! I pick them up on our regular trips to Publix. (The grocery store my kids love because of the “car” shopping carts and free cookies, it’s seriously the easiest store to take them to!) It is a super easy whole grain solution with no high fructose corn syrup to worry about. I always make sure that everything is out and on our table the night before, and we usually have a few mix-in options available as well. It seems like this is our go-to cereal where we always have a few extra boxes around for those times when time itself is a minimum.
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