This is sponsored content by BlogHer and Kellogg's.
This is the seventh of twelve weekly posts sponsored by BlogHer and Kellogg's. EACH POST will have its own $100 gift card giveaway. The plan is to have each giveaway start on Tuesday and run until the following Monday.
This week's topic is Quality Mornings: How do you start the day on a positive note? And do you always have breakfast in the morning?
I'll start with the second question because I already answered it in another of these posts: HECK YES we always have breakfast. Do _I_ always have it? Er. But the kids always do. Always! ...Although, this is not the superhuman feat I'm implying, because so far only one of them has ever wanted to skip breakfast, and we've let him try skipping and then he's complaining he's hungry when it's still 2 hours until lunch.
I know Kellogg's is paying me so you may find my cereal-related opinions of suspicious worth, but they haven't been paying me for the last ELEVEN YEARS and I've still given the kids cereal most mornings. I think of cereal as the good choice: many cooked breakfasts are high in fat and/or sugar, as are many "convenience" options, but cereal is full of, like, GRAINS! Grains are GOOD! And sure, you can get super-sugary or low-quality-grains cereals, but there are tons with very low sugar and/or very good grains, or ones where the sugar seems "worth it" to me (like in Mini-Wheats, where the little frosted part is the only way I'll eat the healthy good-grains part).
Now, for the other question. There's another mother who waits at the bus stop with me in the mornings, and she says she tries very, very hard not to snap or grouch at the kids either right before school or right before bed. She and I are both impatient types and would have a natural tendency to say things like "Come ON, let's GO, what is the PROBLEM here?!" in the mornings, but we try to work against our natural tendencies. It doesn't always work, since those also tend to be the two times of day when the children seem to need the most pushing and reminding and managing, but we TRY.
I also make sure to make my good-bye affectionate, even if my "trying" has been more like "failing" that day: I'll say, "Bye, honey, have a good day at school!" or I'll leave out "honey" if it's an older kid who might be embarrassed.
To enter the giveaway, leave a comment on this post by Monday, September 27, 2010 about either (1) how you keep mornings all cheery and positive or (2) whether or not you always have breakfast. Entrants must be U.S. residents at least 18 years old. One entry per post per person. To get an additional entry, blog or tweet the contest and then leave a comment with a link to the post or tweet.
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