Sunday, October 24, 2010

Family Breakfast- Cheerio Blogger circle

Breakfast
If you have children under the age of 6, breakfast can happen anytime from 5:45-8:00. (let’s just pray for you and me that it is on the later end of that time table)  I don’t know what it is about little people under the age of 6, but they wake with this

“feed me or I might die”

look in their eye.   I have early risers, and I always offer cereal  or other easy breakfast meal like waffles, bagels, etc…nothing that requires cooking

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Usually mine all stumble down by 7:30 and we all congregate around the table chatting away before the day gets going.
I know there is a huge emphasis on family dinners, and if you are not doing that, I highly implore you to consider working your schedule at least 3 days a week where you can eat dinner as a family. 


But… this post is about breakfast. 
You see, I think a great habit we can all practice more of is
sitting down and enjoying a good breakfast together.

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It doesn’t have to be anything fancy…
But occasionally I do whip up chocolate chip pancakes, eggs, muffins or cinnamon rolls.

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But instead of trying to feed them in a mad rush 
of an assembly line and send them on their way,
(totally guilty here on so many days)

Have you considered slowing down at breakfast to…

*Engage your kids in conversation…
*Set the tone for the day and discuss expectations?
*Share about the days activities?
*Talk about lessons the children are learning
*Do a morning devotional with them
*Read a story book at the breakfast table

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I think as parents we miss a great opportunity at breakfast to truly care for not only their little tummies, but also their minds and hearts.

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I have enjoyed going over Sunday School lessons they bring home from Church and Doing our Morning Devotional*

Step into the Bible: 100 Bible Stories for Family Devotions 

Taking the time to nourish their bodies and minds helps us to get the day started so much better and I notice a huge difference on the days we do this vs. the days we don’t.

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And I know that when I do start the day off this way…
By engaging my children where they are in life,

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It helps me not to stress out so much
about all the spilled milk…or, um…cereal.


So, how do you start your morning off ?
Have you had a family breakfast recently?



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**Disclosure--I wrote this as a a participant in the Cheerio Blogger Circle
I was not compensated in any way for this post or to promote the product. Nor was I given any products to review.  And I actually had those Cheerios in my cabinet.  

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