If there's anything worse than the "What's for dinner?" question it's "What's for breakfast?" It's worse because it's often asked in an angry, you-just-woke-me-up voice, because the response is usually followed with "I don't want (insert reasonable breakfast food here)" and because, well, it's asked in the morning.
In recent months, foods that I know my daughters both like were becoming the subject of great debate and bargaining: How many chocolate chips on the (toaster) waffles? Are they the (store bought) muffins that taste like banana?
Finally my husband, in his infinite wisdom (he rarely reads the blog, but just in case) suggested a schedule. Let them decide what they're going to have each morning, and then there are no arguments. Sure, sounded like a good idea...but would it work?
I wrote down a list of school-morning foods (none involving stove or oven, I admit) and told them to slot them into the days of the week. Surprisingly, they got right to the task and had the chart filled out in no time! When they discovered some accidental alliteration at the beginning of the week, they even shifted items around to continue the pattern. And here it is:
Muffin Monday (usually homemade on the weekend. From a mix, but still!)
Toast Tuesday (which includes choice of toast, bagel or English muffin)
Cereal Thursday (choice of cold cereal or hot oatmeal)
I would like to say that of course each offering is paired with a fresh fruit plate, but I don't lie to my readers. The girls do enjoy 100% apple juice with their breakfasts.
Weekends are time for bacon and eggs (though breakfast-for-dinner is also popular at our house), pancakes or whatever they want to order at a restaurant.
We've been using the schedule for a few weeks now and there have been very few complaints - and best of all, we have nicer waking-up moments when their first question doesn't relate to the meal ahead and there's less decision-making on my part.
Perhaps we are the only family to have felt this particular stress, but if applies to you, maybe a schedule will help!