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My favorite times with my family is around the kitchen table. As the kids have gotten older, I’ve realized this is one of the few times that they are all able to get along and focus on sharing what is going on in their lives. However, by the time all three children reached school age, getting everyone to the breakfast table became my most dreaded time of the day. With three children to get dressed, homework to find, lunches to pack, and of course that one missing shoe to find as the bus pulls down the road, food just wasn’t on my mind.
Yet I still missed that special time in the morning when I could look around the table and love on my family before the day starts and life gets messy. After a few weeks of chaos and my mommy intuition nagging at me, I took a few steps to make sure we all got to the breakfast table every morning.
1. Lay out everything the kids will need the next day before bed. I used to do this as a kid, but with my oldest son being incredibly picky about clothes and my daughter wanting to wear every accessorie she owns, I tried to just let them have a free for all to avoid a mommy melt down. Big mistake! Now they have 30 minutes before bed to decide exactly what they want to wear down to their socks and undies.
Also backpacks are fully packed. If homework is not finished by bedtime, they have to explain it to their teacher because gone are the days of rushed homework before school. Lastly shoes are left by the door and ready to go, no more missing pairs. Plus I may or may not have threatened to make them wear their snowboots to school the next time they loose their shoes (we moved to Florida this year, snowboots arn’t in fashion). Having absolutly everything ready to go has helped smooth out our mornings the most.
2. Wake up 15 minutes before I have to wake up the kids. I used to roll out of bed, stumble to drag each child out of bed, before pushing the start button on the coffee maker. I am now a morning person at all, so waking up even just 15 minutes early was a transition for me, but it has been a huge help. In that 15 minutes, I am able to drink some coffee and take a minute to enjoy the calm before the storm. In turn the kids feed off of my more relaxed energy and have a much more pleasant morning.
3. Get easy and quick breakfast options everyone likes, like Big G Cereal! Big G Cereal keeps my kids smiling with cereals such as Lucky Charms, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Trix, and Cookie Crisp. Plus they have mommy’s favorite Honey Nut Cheerios, so everytime I’m at Publix I make sure to stock up on all my families favorites. By putting the kid’s favorite Big G Cereals on the table, everyone comes to the breakfast table happy and ready to enjoy some family time.