Issue 8 of Feeding Your Kids
Most days, what you need is a healthier breakfast you can make with your eyes closed and that your child will eat happily.
You may face two other types of situations:
First when you need to put that breakfast in the hands of your child instantly, I call this an “emergency” situation.
Second, when you have time to spend half an hour preparing breakfast, is what I call a “special breakfast”.
Today, your assignment is to plan breakfast for next week:
Write down what your child usually eats for breakfast, let’s say a cup of smoothie, a bowl of cereal/porridge/oatmeal, toast with nut butter or scrambled eggs. Alternate if there is more than one. Identify the days when you foresee an emergency looming or an opportunity for making a special effort. Can you prepare more than one portion so you can serve it on the emergency day?
As you write down your plan, apply the new ideas you learned for serving a healthier breakfast, add fresh fruit and balance the meal by including protein.
If you are thinking: How does writing it down help? Plus, no matter what I plan, my children have their own ideas about sabotaging it.
Try this instead: I can involve my children in coming up with the routine breakfast menu. When I pull out an instant breakfast or a very special pancake treat, I will be the most favored mom! Looking at breakfast from this perspective actually makes things doable.
Special effort pancakes on the weekend, emergency breakfast during the week.
In our next bit, we will discover how your own eating behavior influences your kids.