Mornings are hectic and can be stressful. Making sure everyone gets out the door on time is hard enough, but ensuring that their tummies are full can seem impossible. Create a breakfast station to help family members help themselves.
Take a little time to think about what your family can get for themselves and make a list. Some ideas may include:
- cold cereal
- oatmeal (microwaveable)
- fresh fruit
- english muffins
- granola bars
- hot chocolate
- smoothie ingredients (yogurt, frozen fruit, milk)
Once you have a list of items for your breakfast station, find places to keep them in your kitchen where your little ones can easily access them. Put individual yogurts in a bin or container in your refrigerator. Have fresh fruit washed and cut up to make it easier to grab or put into a bowl. Store cold cereal and oatmeal packets on a pantry shelf within reach. Put cups, bowls, and silverware out the night before or in a container on the kitchen table to keep them at the ready. Taking a little time to prepare for breakfasts will save you time and keep everyone's energy up until lunch time! And just think about if you all got to eat around the table to start the day - wouldn't that be great?
What do you do to make sure your kids get a good breakfast before they head to the bus stop? Do you have any tips to share?
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