Organization of School Day Breakfast Menus
begins the school day morning -
“Please eat something.”
“Just tell me what you want.”
it moves to logic: “You
know that you like what we have. You went to the store with me to
pick it out.”
it goes to health and success:
“You simply can’t do well at school
if you don’t eat a good breakfast.”
insisting goes into effect.
“You have to eat. Sit down here and
Getting out the door on time wouldn’t be nearly so difficult if
children would sit down and eat their breakfast. In part, they are
putting off the inevitable. But, in reality, they just simply aren’t
awake and are dragging their feet.
beg - you cajole - you list EVERYTHING in the refrigerator! Then you
repeat it when the second or third child wanders into the kitchen.
year, try some new techniques to make breakfast smoother and less
stressful. Take the begging and listing the menu off of your plate,
so to speak, and put the responsibility on the children’s plate.
with a Dry-Erase Board:
Buy a dry erase board with magnets on
the back and a marker. Attach it to the fridge.
the board to create a menu for this week’s breakfasts. Kids love to
eat out and most have mastered using a menu. Instead of you reciting
items everyday, let them choose from the menu.
kids help organize and learn to plan ahead by helping create the
menu. List combinations that will interest them from Cheerios with
milk to bagels topped with cheese to a scrambled egg with raisin
have a non-breakfast item on the list each week. Items such as
grilled cheese sandwich or a slice of pizza can be nutritious and
just the ticket for the child rolling his eyes at a frozen waffle.
turn your mornings into being a short-order cook, so keep that list
simple. But, do try to add something new and simple each week. For
example, a banana smoothie is pretty darn simple but interesting.
Just toss a yogurt, a banana and some ice in the blender and serve
with some toast.
sure to erase the offering when you run out of that item or a new
reason to hear fussing will be available.
Add a Clock to the Kitchen:
may have digital clocks, but a clock with hands portrays a much more
visual picture of time remaining. To this clock, add stickers
or an arrow to the time when they must walk out the door.
This lets the child visually see how much time there is between
sitting down and heading out the door.
Use an Electronic Reminder:
than fussing and pushing them to eat, set your phone alarm to ring
ten minutes before departure. This signals that dishes go in the
dishwasher and teeth are brushed- NOW!
View the Kitchen with Child Eyes:
down at your child’s level and see how you’d manage in your kitchen.
Is everything up high and hard to do?
Shelves in the refrigerator seldom get adjusted, but they do
move. Take the things out of your refrigerator and move those
shelves. Place milk, juice, and other items the kids need on the
lower shelf. Place yogurt and other breakfast goodies
where they can reach them, perhaps inside the door.
the pantry, gather the breakfast cereals, instant breakfastm and
other breakfast foods onto one (1) shelf.
Make sure the cabinet that holds plastic child dishes is
within easy reach so that no child needs a chair or
footstool to reach them.