We’ve all heard countless times that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But as a busy parent, it’s also one of the busiest times of the day. When you’re too busy running around looking for your car keys and trying to find two matching school shoes to sit down and force a cereal bar down your throat, let’s face it: something has to be done. So here are a few tips that might just help your mornings run a little more smoothly.
Set Up A Morning Routine
First of all, it’s important to make sure that your kids know what should be going on every morning. Get them up at the same time every day – it might be hard to drag them out of bed, but it’s important that they know what’s required of them. If it’s the other way around and your kids are early risers, make sure that they know not to come and disturb you until a certain time – provide them with a few toys that they can play with quietly in their rooms until the allotted hour.
Secondly, remember that the mornings aren’t just about your kids and running around after them. It’s important to make sure that you take some time out for yourself so that you can get settled and ready for the day ahead of you. Talk to your partner to make sure that you manage the work equally so that you get fifteen minutes to blow-dry your hair or sit down to read the newspaper. It’s just as important for you to eat a healthy breakfast as it is for your kids – add some superfoods like chia seeds and avocado to your breakfast, and treat yourself with a cup of aromatic gourmet coffee. What is gourmet coffee, you ask? It’s specially roasted to make sure that the flavour’s a whole lot better than the stuff you usually drink.
Get Some New Breakfast Ideas
It can sometimes be hard to think of what you should do for breakfast. A lot of us settle for a bowl of sugary cereal or toast with whatever’s in the fridge slathered on it – but even those options can be livened up a little. Instead of cereal, go for oatmeal with sliced banana or granola with natural yogurt and a sprinkling of berries. Instead of plain old toast, why not try wholegrain toast with extra fiber with organic peanut butter and banana on it? Smashed avocado with a little squeeze of citrus is also healthy and delicious first thing in the morning.
Go For A Reward Chart
Finally, if your kids are truly impossible to corral first thing in the morning, start to hand out responsibilities like getting ready themselves, preparing their school bags the night before, showering without turning the bathroom floor into a lake, loading the dishwasher after breakfast, and so on. Giving them jobs will enable you to reward them for doing those jobs well – give them stickers on a reward chart, and treat them to a new book or toy at the end of the week if they do well.