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Homemade Breakfast: A Case Study

I feel that people aren’t talking about cold cereal on mom blogs and I don’t know why. Is it a dirty secret? I don’t think so. There are so many worse things you could do to your kids than feed them cereal for breakfast. But moms are always talking about whole-wheat this and steel-cut that.

Do you know long it takes to cook steel-cut oats? I do. Do you know how gluey steel-cut oats get in a crock pot overnight? I do. Do you know how many vitamins cold cereal can be fortified with? So many, my friend. So many.

I don’t like to get up any earlier than I have to in the morning. I’m not a morning person or a night person. Honestly, there’s really no time of day when I’m at my best. That said, I’ve tried to make  something homemade for my kids for breakfast but it’s just not worth it. I have to get up 40 minutes earlier. They appreciate it, I think, but it’s not really life-changing for anyone except me who has to get up 40 minutes earlier.

Usually my kids get up and get their own toast or cereal and put their dishes in the sink. If I’ve made something special they sit at the table and wait to be served and then they eat and often leave without putting their dishes in the sink. If you treat them like kings, they act like kings.

I’m not going to feel guilty about it. Cold cereal isn’t the devil. It’s good for you. I’m going to enjoy it. Appreciate it. Admit it. Embrace it. Revel in it. Flaunt it. Do you want to know how Caroline Ingalls feels about cold cereal? She wishes.

Some of my best and earliest memories are of cold cereal. I loved the commercials. I loved all my little buddies like Tony the Tiger and Lucky the Leprechaun. I was a strict moralist growing up. I felt like Coco Pebbles were bad—junk food, if you will, while Coco Puffs were totally acceptable And who could resist the classic quest of an unlikely hero: Silly anthropomorphic rabbit, even though you walk upright and talk, Trix are for kids.

I loved how they said the cereal was part of a complete breakfast including toast, milk and juice. Milk and juice! That was my dream—to say nothing of the dream that one day Snap, Krackle, and Pop would materialize. Dudes! You really can hear the cereal. It’s magical.

Like I always say, “You just can’t eat an Egg McMuffin with cheese for breakfast every day—even if you want to.”

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