Most mornings, I’m a short order cook. It’s omelettes, oatmeal and french toast, ham and cheese scrambled eggs or fruit salad with nuts. It’s a big breakfast before we head outside to play for the day, or to morning activities to tide the kids over until they have a snack later on.
Until the weekend.
On the weekend it’s late breakfasts, it lounging in bed until ten o’clock and it’s kids that are fending for themselves with breakfast earlier than that.
Olivia’s nearly five. She can prepare cereal and milk, get bowls from the cupboard and enlist Violet to get the spoons. She can choose the cereal, pour the milk and serve breakfast (we’re raising some independent children over here).
She goes to the cupboard, finds the cereal and makes breakfast. She makes her version of breakfast, something that we allow her to make and usually serves an apple to her sister for good measure. And sometimes, she will even bring us breakfast in bed.
And it’s fantastic.
Lately she’s been all about the Rice Krispies or Frosted Flakes. Fantastic, because during those months when they’re not outside soaking up every last drop of sunlight I know they’re getting a small boost in Vitamin D because Kelloggs Canada cereals have 20% of the daily value of vitamin D with the same Saturday morning taste that the kids have come to know and love.