Breakfast of Champions, Toddler-Style

Photo credit: Meredith Carroll
Black-and-white cookies are appropriate any time of day

I’ve given some thought lately to things I wanted as a kid that actually lived up to the hype now that I’m an adult. One of them has been chocolate on demand.

To me, if it’s not chocolate, it’s not worth it. My 19-month-old daughter Peony feels the same way about chocolate, and about food in general. If it’s edible, she wants it at all time. Cookies in particular hold a special place in her heart. She’s starting to communicate with more frequency and accuracy, which consequently leaves little to the imagination when what she wants is a cookie.

This morning we had some time to kill before gym class so we went to the coffee shop. Unlike her older sister who exists on a diet of air and peanut butter and jelly, Peony will eat anything. She likes everything. She’s pretty much a dream come true.

That being said, she still has a strong preference for cookies. If you ask her what she wants, she’ll ask for a cookie (and quite adorably, too).

I could have bought her a muffin at the coffee shop. But let’s be honest — how is a muffin any healthier than a cookie? And who says a cookie is OK after noon, but not before? Not me.

So my girls shared a black-and-white cookie at 8:15 this morning. And me? I’m pretty much a hero at the moment. To my kids. And to kids everywhere who will from here on out be telling the tale of the mom who gave her kids a cookie for breakfast.

Because I’m kind of cool like that. You know, sometimes.

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