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Tips for Getting Your Family to Eat Breakfast
This is always the time when my family comes together. We plan our day. We talk about what is going on in our lives and we generally just bond. I love breakfast time with my family. One of the best things we ever did to make breakfast time better was the next step.
2. Set Expectations
Everyone in my family is expected to be at the table for each and every meal. There is absolutely no eating in front of the television or in a bedroom. My children know that they need to be at the table as soon as we call them for dinner. This has always been the expectation. My kids have NEVER had a meal in their room or in front of the tv.
3. Serve Favorite Foods and Inclde Healthy Choices
We all love oatmeal and as a result, it is frequently on our breakfast menu. Some of our other favorites are fresh fruit and smoothies. We also all love pancakes. But in moderation. We don't completely deny ourselves and we do have pancakes or waffles every few weeks or so.
4. Teach Kids About the Importance of Fueling Their Bodies with Wholesome Food
This was really key with my two older children. As soon as they understood the importance of protein and carbs and empty calories, they instantly began making better food choices. They know what gives them energy and what is going to cause them to be sleepy. 9 times out of 10, they make great choices so I can definitely live with that one time when they don't.
5. Wake up in Time
It is hard to make healthy and wholesome choices when you are rushing around in the morning. With a busy family of five, the key for us is giving ourselves an additional 30 minutes longer than we think we need in the morning. That way, everyone has a wholesome breakfast and no one feels rushed.
6. Let the Entire Family Plan the Menu
Getting the kids involved is the easiest way to make certain that they make better choices. If you are planning ahead and your kids have input, buy in for healthy eating will be much easier. My kids always eat whatever they help to plan and cook.
WHAT DO YOU DO TO GET YOUR FAMILY TO EAT BREAKFAST?
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