Our team member, Conni, who usually posts our recipes each week wasn’t able to post for us today. Instead, I thought I’d share with you about how we do breakfast at my house. Whether you cook breakfast or don’t cook breakfast, you might enjoy this post! Take a look and see, and then we’d love to hear your opinion about it!
My sister cooks breakfast for her family. Every day. I, however, do not cook breakfast for my family. Ever. Well…almost never. I do on rare occasions cook breakfast on Saturdays. It’s more like brunch, though, because I usually make it around 10:00. And I usually only make it when I’m starving but can’t wait till lunch, or if I’m just craving homemade hashbrowns.
Why am I telling you this? Because my dear sweet sister suggested that I tell you. She said there were probably homeschooling moms out there who feel guilty for not cooking breakfast for their kids each morning. She felt like it was worth it for me to sacrifice my own reputation in order to make sure other homeschooling moms out there don’t feel inferior. 😉
My sister’s daughter, Sarah, recently spent the night with my daughter, Mary Grace, at my house. Sarah loves to eat. She loves to start her day by eating breakfast. And she likes “real food” like grits and eggs or cheese toast and fruit or an omelette with turkey bacon, etc.
My daughter does not love to eat. I usually have to nearly force her to eat. She just has other more important things to do with her time. She eats because she must eat in order to live, but she’d rather not bother. If she does eat breakfast, it’s a little something like yogurt or maybe a fresh peach or half a banana. (My daughter and her cousin are both 11 years old.)
When Sarah spent the night here, I heard the girls discussing something, but I couldn’t hear everything they were saying. (No, I wasn’t spying!! I simply happened to hear part of their conversation as I was walking past Mary Grace’s room. Honest.) I heard Mary Grace say something like, “Well, you can ask, but my mom doesn’t do that.” Then I (accidentally, mind you) heard Sarah say (in a rather incredulous voice) “She doesn’t?! I can’t believe that!”
Then I quickly walked down the hall as the girls were coming out of Mary Grace’s room. (So they wouldn’t mistakenly think I was listening in on their conversation.) Sarah said, “What are you cooking for breakfast?” (cheerful smile) I laughed out loud and asked, “Um, Sarah, do you know where you are right now? You’re not at home. You’re at my house. And I don’t cook breakfast.”
Sarah’s eyes got big, her mouth hung open, and she looked at Mary Grace with an unbelieving expression. Mary Grace simply said, “See? I told you!”
Then I explained to Sarah that breakfast is kind of an “every-man-for-himself” thing around here. Why? Because no two people in this house like to eat the same thing or eat at the same time for breakfast. For that reason, each person can choose to have cereal (not the sugary stuff), grits, eggs, yogurt, a cheese stick, fruit, or even leftovers from last night’s dinner. Each person is responsible for getting his or her own breakfast, eating it, and (hopefully) cleaning up after it. All breakfast must be eaten by or before 9 a.m. in order to keep from ruining the appetite for lunch. Other than that, there aren’t many rules about it.
My sister and I were discussing this little incident when she told me that I really should post about this. She said that there were probably other moms like me, you know, those non-breakfast-cooking-moms, who feel guilty for not cooking breakfast. She said that, if we would all admit that we don’t do it, then all of the other non-breakfast-cooking-moms would feel better about themselves.
So here is my official confession. I don’t cook breakfast. If you don’t cook breakfast either, please don’t feel guilty. Know that you are in good company! (At least I hope I’m considered “good company!”) We can still love our kids and make sure they eat at least a little bit of something nutritious in the mornings even if we don’t cook every morning. So if you’ve been feeling guilty or thinking that you have to start cooking every morning, stop!
Those of you who are like me and don’t cook breakfast, what does your family eat each morning? Does each person do his own thing? Do you eat cereal or have muffins available? For those of you who do cook every morning, do you have any favorite recipes that might inspire the rest of us? I’d love to get your ideas or recipes!