I don’t particularly like breakfast. Never got excited about breakfast food. Not a big fan of eggs, pancakes, or oatmeal. My husband thinks I’m completely crazy, as he goes to bed thinking about breakfast, whereas I go to bed thinking about coffee. Coffee is usually enough for me until about 9 or 10am when I start feeling ready for something more substantial. (I can’t wait too long after that though or I suddenly feel ready to murder and then the kids say, “Mom, did you forget to eat, again?”)
I also hate getting up in the morning and having to make breakfast first thing because truth be told, I need a few minutes to wake up. And I love my coffee ritual. I’ve tried combining the two activities but I haven’t mastered it.
My kids are breakfast eaters, like my husband. But they’re also breakfast complainers, which didn’t come from him. And some of them are too picky. They like eggs, but it has to be a certain way, not overcooked or undercooked, blah blah. In the meantime, after making all this breakfast and serving it and trying to get the kitchen cleaned up for the day, I usually forget to eat until my blood sugar has plummeted and that just starts the day off horribly.
I got so sick of making breakfast first thing, when I didn’t even want to anyway, and having noses upturned at the effort (not just eggs, but oatmeal, dutch baby, etc). So a couple weeks ago I just quit making them breakfast.
I wake up, I drink my coffee, and then around 9am I make my own breakfast of fried eggs, which I share with Estella. In the meantime, the kids find something to do like draw or play outside. The house is quiet and calm. If someone (Soren) is hungry I point him to leftovers in the fridge. Eventually everyone’s hungry enough to eat what he’s given, and either I or one of the children will start making breakfast for everyone.This morning I made my own eggs which I shared with Estella, and I made Agnes’ eggs. Then Jireh took over and made herself and the other kids (including Agnes again) their breakfasts.
It’s been so much nicer in the mornings! I don’t know what took me so long to figure this out.
But of course, I don’t expect this to work forever. One thing I’ve learned is that “what works for us” is constantly in flux, whether it be sleeping arrangements, naptimes (or lack thereof), chore charts or breakfast. So for now, this is great and everyone’s happy. Who knows what next week will bring. 🙂