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Starting the Day Off Right: Breakfast

A little bit of extra effort went a long way!
A little bit of extra effort went a long way!Emily L. Goodman

When you’re virtual schooling your child, it’s sometimes easy to sleep in until the last possible minute, grab a quick breakfast, and get on with your school day, often eating a waffle or a muffin over the top of the computer or a school book while you rush through the rest of your morning activities. As often as not, neither your nor your child actually notices what you’re eating, but hey, that’s not such a big deal, right?

Actually, what you do first thing in the morning can have a huge impact on how the rest of your day goes.

Take the time to wake up a little bit early in the morning. It doesn’t have to be elaborate. You can make a quick breakfast—anything from Pillsbury cinnamon rolls to Eggo waffles, or whatever falls in between. You can also make a number of breakfasts from scratch with little or no effort—for example, Taste of Home’s oven-baked pancake, which has the added benefit of seeming very special without actually taking a lot of effort; or a quick cheese Danish that, once again, is very special for your child, but doesn’t take a lot of effort from you. This extra “something special” can be the difference between a normal, hum-drum morning and a happy and exciting one.

Moreover, breakfast time can be a chance for you to gauge your family’s attitude. Are they bright-eyed, bushy-tailed, and ready to face the day; or are they dragging and slow, having a hard time getting started? This can make a crucial difference in how you handle the day ahead of you. If your children are moving slow, you don’t want to dive right in to the most complicated activity of the day. On the other hand, if they wake energetic and eager to get started, you might be better off diving in before the enthusiasm wanes!

Paying a little bit of extra attention to breakfast also ensures that all of your children eat appropriately. Older children might have a habit of skipping breakfast, especially if they feel rushed in the mornings; this will leave them feeling cranky, slow, and sluggish throughout the day, which is not desirable at all. Taking a few extra minutes to prepare breakfast and actually put it in front of them might make the difference in the entire day.