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This is the first of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. With the exception of the first post, the plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday. (For this first post, the giveaway starts on Wednesday and runs until the following Monday.)
This week's topic is The Breakfast Routine.
We have a household of seven, and the morning routine requires organization, an easily-repeatable plan, and saying "Come on, come ON, the bus comes in NINE MINUTES and what is the DEAL with your HAIR??"
Paul leaves for work at 6:00, so I'm up and showered by then. The first child wakes between 5:45 and 6:00, and three others wake between 6:00 and 6:30. I get the last one of out bed at 7:00---although this year he starts middle school so he'll need to be up earlier to get an earlier bus.
I start the coffee, and then I put out five plates or bowls on the kitchen counter, and five cups. I drink my coffee and dish out the food. As each kid is ready for breakfast, he or she takes his or her own plate/bowl and cup out to the coffee table in the living room, where PBS is on. As each kid finishes breakfast, he or she is supposed to bring the dishes back into the kitchen and get on with the routine, but in FACT he or she sits there watching TV until I say "Okay, now clear your dishes and keep getting ready for the day."
We have two main breakfasts at our house: either everyone has cereal, or everyone has muffins. If we have cereal, four of the kids eat it dry and have cups of milk to drink, and one eats it with milk and has water or juice to drink. If we have muffins, four kids have milk to drink and one has water or juice because he doesn't like milk unless it's on cereal. Everyone gets a chewable vitamin. Most days, everyone gets a half or whole banana.
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