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NOW CLOSED Chance to win a copy of Warburtons new and exclusive breakfast handbook or a hamper of breakfast goodies...(111 Posts)
Following on from the survey and thread at Christmas Warburtons have been back in touch with us and are pleased to announce their new breakfast handbook has now been published on a limited edition run.
The team at Warburtons say "We all know that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but making sure the whole family has eaten something tasty and nutritious before leaving the house can often seem a mammoth task.
"What's more, Warburtons understands that getting the balance right between a tasty and healthy breakfast, which is also quick and easy to make, can often be a struggle. That's why it has teamed up with child psychologist Tanya Byron to create Breakfast: From Our Family to Yours 'Making Breakfast Easy'.
The books is the culmination of a large-scale study, which involved a mix of 2,000 mums - including 1,000 Mumsnetters ), over 50,000 Facebook fans and focus groups up and down Britain. The handbook includes hundreds of helpful hints, tips and recipes to help you tackle the weekday breakfast rush. Whether it's a top tip on how to entice the kids out of bed, helpful hints on getting the whole family involved in the morning routine, or a delicious recipe, there's something in it for everyone".
Warburtons would love to hear from you again. Share on this thread how you (or your partner) get the family up and out in the mornings and you'll be entered into a prize draw where three lucky MNers will win a Warburtons hamper full of Warburtons product as well as other goodies worth £45 in total.
In addition, there are 100 copies of the book up for grabs: add your details here and 100 MNers selected at random will receive a book.
Warburtons also say: "if you're not lucky enough to win a copy of the book here then do head over to www.Facebook.com/Warburtons where Warburtons is running another free prize draw".
In a morning I tend to go downstairs in my PJs and let the dog out, and start on making breakfast while DS gets dressed and then comes down.
We love warburtons crumpets as a weekend breakfast with butter and jam, and slices of banana on plate too. I then go get dressed and as DS is all ready he can then have a bit of time before school to relax, play a game, etc. Then it's teeth brushed and out we go!
DD usually shouts at us until we wake up and put cbeebies on . The 2 things that get me awake first thing though is a big glass of water and a hot shower (I sound more saintly healthy there than I actually am!)
DD loves fruit bread as a special treat for her breakfast - she wolfs it down so quickly it makes it alot easier to get ready to go out for the day when I don't have to pester at her to eat up!
We take it in turns to get up with DD. If getting up with her you do breakfast. Toast/ cereal / eggs and bacon depending on time. Get DD Changed and pack up her lunchbox for her childminders. Then DP gets up and we all have breakfast sitting at the table together. The cat sits on the shelf behind the high chair in the hope DD
throws drops something. Then I shower / dress while DP plays with DD. then as I get her bags ready / buggy in the car etc he dresses and then we head off.
We have everything timed down to the second during the week: school uniforms are all laid out the night before, school bags packed and snacks ready in the fridge, so we can get as much time in bed in the mornings as possible! Of course with 3 dcs to get off to school and nursery, and 2 full time working parents, that is never as much as we would like....
All 3 dcs eat a 'proper' breakfast every morning (cereal followed by bread or toast with 'healthy' spreads), and we spend 15 minutes all sitting around the breakfast table together, discussing plans for the day - so breakfast is a brief island of sanity in our mad rush mornings!
Weekends are a different story: dh and I will take it in turn to get the dcs up (as late as possible), then they are allowed to play before breakfast (a treasured treat!), and then we will all wander down to breakfast at around 9/9.30am and the dcs will make the most of access to 'weekend' cereals and spreads, whilst we all chill out in our pjs and dh and I read the papers. Bliss
My lovely DH sets out everything that doesn't have to stay in the fridge the night before, so I don't have to do or think too much in the mornings (although DS1 still had to remind me to put milk on his cereal at breakfast today...).
I'm the chief getter upper in this house as DH usually at work when we get up.
Once everyone is up we have breakfast. Ds1 hates any sort of cereal so he either has crumpets with peanut butter and/or jam or an English muffin with a poached egg. Crumpets/muffins are always Warburtons as the cheap brands just don't cut it. Ds2 always has Weetabix, he's a creature of habit. Ds3 is easy, he just goes with the flow and has whatever he is offered.
During the weekends we usually have scrambled eggs on toast or bacon sandwiches.
We all get up at about the same time on week days, breakfast is usually cereal and something bready before getting dressed and doing homework/reading before school. It's never a huge rush because we live very close to the school and I don't work.
At the weekend DH and I take it in turns to get up and make a cup of tea for ourselves and breakfast for the children, then we have the cup of tea in bed whilst the children eat breakfast and watch TV or play video games.
I never eat breakfast though, just drink tea and coffee until lunchtime. I get too hungry before lunch if I wake my tummy up with breakfast.
On weekends the key is for me to be up before anyone else, that way I can prepare some fresh fruit for my son to go with his breakfast. When my husband and son come down I get us set up in front of the high chair so we can have some family time. Toast. juice, tea, sometimes cereal or yoghurt.
Weekdays are more rushed of course as we're trying to get to work/daycare! My son gets breakfast at daycare but I still like to give him something before he leaves - usually some fruit.
Usually ds arrives in our bed, then we listen to a bit of radio (alarm goes off with radio at 6.45) while dh lets the dog out then yells that he's coming up and the dog then arrives at high speed to throw himself onto the bed for a cuddle.
Everyone goes down for breakfast - ds chooses between cereals and bread products, I usually have one sort of gf bread/rolls/fruitbread on the go at a time, and dh just needs tea.
Its then a whirl of getting dressed before ds needs to be taken to school at 7.45.
At the weekend, theres rather more lounging around in your onesie and occasionally creation of hot breakfast
teenagers can eat a hamper at one sitting! DH and I get up at 7, shout at the boys to get up, have coffee, shout at the boys to get up, I cut up fruit while DH makes sandwiches for lunches, shout at the boys to get up, DS 1 heads for the shower, shout at DS2 to get up, sit down to eat fruit and cereal, shout at DS1 to hurry up in the shower, shout at DS2 to get up, sigh a lot and read yesterdays paper while our warburtons bread is toasting, and finally.... boys appear fresh faced and happy <snort> with just enough time to pull a face at the fruit and cereal, eat it and raid the bread bin for crumpets, muffins, bread or whatever we have left. then there is a stampede for the bathroom and I sadly survey the crumbs and detrius of a family breakfast.... guess who ends up clearing up?
DH leaves for work at 5.30am so the mornings are my
nightmare domain. I try and creep into the shower before the DC's (3 & 5) wake up as I can't function without my wake up shower. Then get DD up and dressed and DS cones down in his pyjamas and I get their breakfast which is usually a mix of cereals, a banana and then a frozen yoghurt tube which they eat whilst watching Milkshake or CBeebies. I spend that time finishing off DS packed lunch, grabbing a glass of apple juice, sorting stuff for the day running around like a blue arsed fly being completely organised and in control....
Then when they finally
been nagged enough to finish breakfast I take DS upstairs to get ready for school whilst DD raids the cupboards for more food.....
At the weekend we have a lazy breakfast in our room in front of the tv or if I can, I
bribe persuade DH to take the kids downstairs so I can examine the health of my inner eyelids.........
DP goes out to work at 0700, myself and the kids get up @ 0745.
We have our breakfast at the table, cereal, toast, porridge, whatever they fancy.
I usually finish first so run round, make all the beds, open curtains and windows etc.
Then it's time to get teeth cleaned, washed, dressed and out the door at 0855.
Packed lunches are made the night before & clothes and bags are laid out ready to go as well.
Our mornings are usually pretty relaxed.
My dc's get up at a similar time but ds is always ready for breakfast straight away and dd wants to wait until she has woken up a bit.
We usually end up having a combination of orange juice or smoothie, cereal and either bagels, crumpets or pancakes.
They do usually eat before dressing though and after breakfast it is all systems go to get out of the house by about 8.10am.
There is only me and my DS (4) at home, and in the week everything has to be done by the same pattern and time every day otherwise it all falls apart and we are late!
I get up at 7.00am and I get my DS up at 7.45 and we are out of the door for 8.30am dropping him at school and I get to work for 9am (if the traffic is co-operating!) I rely on a pint of tea to get me moving, DS is more partial to his chocolate pillow cereal and a hot apple juice.
At the weekend we both take a much more lazy approach to getting up and are usually found to finally be ready around 11am. Neither of us are really morning people!
I get up at 5.30am, get myself washed and dressed, wake DD at 6.20am to get her washed and dressed, DP gets up about 2 minutes before we leave the house after much nagging!
We all eat breakfast at work/child care so no hassle on that front
DP springs out of bed when the alarm goes off.
I need a bit more 'waking up' time. So he goes down stairs to make me a cup of coffee and start preparing the breakfast.
I get DD up and organized.
Then we DD has cereal, then she shares DP's porridge. Then she shares my yoghurt.
Then its a mad fight for the bathroom and getting dressed before out of the door and ready for the day.
DD gets up when she hears my alarm going off at 6.30. DH then takes her downstairs for breakfast, while I have a shower and get ready. I then join them for toast, while she finishes her porridge and toast. The dog hovers for titbits!
DH then leaves for work, and I get DD dressed and ready for nursery. Out of the house for 7.40am
DS calls for us when he's awake (still in a cot) and my DH is normally already up and dressed so goes and gets him and starts getting his breakfast while I
have a cheeky lie in start getting dressed. We try and have breakfast together (normally cereal and fruit during the week) but it's normally with cbeebies on in the background on weekdays. Depending on how early DH needs to be at work, he'll normally get DS dressed too while I finish getting dressed myself, then I'll do the childcare run.
Reading that, I'm very lazy but I'm not a morning person! At the weekend we make more of an event of breakfast and like to have pancakes, teacakes or crumpets (which I'll cook) as a treat when we have the time.
I make sure everyone is ready , especially 3 year old DD before we go downstairs!
Otherwise there is too much to preoccupy her with breakfast, toys or the Charlie and Lola and tantrums ensue .
Breakfast changes depending upon the current phase - at the moment it's crumpets with strawberries .
We've a v tight schedule in the mornings. Dh gets up with dd3 & they shower, I feed ds then shower while dh watches them. Then dd1/2 shower while we eat breakfast. Then dd1/2 eat breakfast with dd3 on her second one.
Currently breakfast is split between hot cornflakes and toast ( blue warburtons). Chocolate twists on Sundays whilst
re watching Dr Who.
DD gets us up. She calls out for us for a while until eventually either DH or I get up and bring her in with us. She then keeps nagging us to wake up and get dressed and take her upstairs (upside down house). DH usually has breakfast with DD while I shower, then I get DD dressed while DH gets ready. We have plenty of time to get ready in the morning with a leisurely breakfast of cereal & toast, as DD wakes up around 5:30-6am.
Staggered getting up times so that everyone is following their own trajectory and not fighting other members of the family for the bathroom! Works a treat until someone oversleeps
I am not sure we have the best approach as it depends on whether DD2 has to be at preschool and what shift DH is working on. If I am on my own I try to get ready before the DDs but that depends on whether DD3 wakes early. Then get DD3 up and breakfasted. At that point DD" wakes and demands breakfast. Get them dressed after
Monday-Friday mornings are just mental but somehow me dh and dd are out the door n at nursery/work on time. Weekdays I make sure dd clothes are out the night before and her bags packed ready to go. I get myself up n sorted n fed while dh walked the dog. Dh gets himself fed while I wake dd up n get her dressed. Luckily nursery do breakfast for dd and it's only a 2 min walk across the road. Phew
Weekends are more leisurely. Dd comes for a cuddle/quick play in our bed. After a nappy change we all eat breakfast together in the living room with peppa pig for company. No rush no stress
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