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Chaotic breakfast time!(6 Posts)
I am a student at northumbria university and I want to do a project on 'family breakfasts'. Growing up our breakfast routine was always chaotic. I want you guys to tell me what breakfast is like for you! What it means to you and what your routine is and i want to know everything, the good the bad, and the ugly. Even if you just want to rant about not having enough time or your 3 year old getting jam in your hair!
DH gets up with the DCs when they get up at 5.30. Breakfast is at 6. DS has half a weetabix and DD has 2. I join them at about 6.30 and DH and I have muesli and a cup of tea, then I make his sandwiches for lunch. He goes to work at about 7.30 by which time we've both had showers and the DCs are dressed. Not that chaotic.
DH get the children up & dressed & sat down for breakfast for 8am (ish): DS1 (5) has weetabix & cheerios, DS2 (2) has weetabix or they both have porridge and DH usually has the same. After breakfast comes a bit of reading for DS1 if he's finished quickly otherwise straight to teeth cleaning, shoes/coats on etc then out the door for school run at 8:35am. It's only chaotic on the days I'm home as I upset the routine
Weekends are most more leisurely and usually involve bacon/egg/mushrooms, toast etc and the children usually get down first while we read paper/drink copious amounts of coffee either together or alone if one of us is having a lie-in.
I love breakfast time
Weekdays: DH gets up at 5.40 am, I get up at 6.00 and shower, we get the DDs up and dressed - we're usually downstairs by 6.15. I make my breakfast to take it with me to work to eat there, the DDs have theirs before heading out to before school club - usually crumpets/bagels with stuff on, an Actimel or yogurt and some fruit, which they have in the car before I drop them off. As well as their breakfast, I get their various snacks ready, make sure their water bottles are filled, sort their hair out. We're usually out of the house by 7.05, and there's a bit of time left to read, chat in among all that lot. The DDs usually read while they eat their breakfast, it makes them eat faster!
Weekends are more leisurely, DH and I have a lie in (ish - 8.30). The DDs get up about 7.30, turn on the TV, there will be a snack waiting. DH or I (we take it in turns to lie in beyond 8.30) will get their breakfast, usually one of those half-baked baguette things with cheese/ham/chorizo (always a bigger breakfast at weekends because they have it later), a drink, fruit.
My DSs (nearly 8 and 10) get up about 6am and play til 7.30 when they wake me up (and DH if he's not working away). They go and get their own brekkie (cereal, yogurt, toast) and I wander down to make a cuppa, check what they're up to, sort out school bags etc. Take tea back to bed. Kids get dressed. I get up, into tracksuit, clean teeth etc and off to school on bikes at 8.30. No stress, no chaos, very calm. Weekend similar but 2 hours later
Oh wow everyone gets up so early!
We get up when dd (10 months) wakes. Usually some time between 6:30-7:30. Dh changes her nappy then I breastfeed in her room while dh makes coffee. When I have finished feeding dd, dh joins us in her room to read her baby bible and say a prayer. We then watch the news in the lounge while we drink our coffee and dd plays with her toys/books.
Dh then has a shower while I set the breakfast table. We have breakfast about an hour after waking. On weekdays we all have cereal and toast. On weekends we often have something hot like scotch pancakes, bacon sandwich, eggy bread etc. If dd requires feeding with a spoon, dh and I share the task, depending on who is waiting for toast or whose cereal is going soggy! We turn the tv off for breakfast (we have an open-plan kitchen/lounge).
After breakfast dh gets ready for work whilst dd finishes breakfast and has her teeth brushed in her highchair. Dh usually leaves for work at about 8:30, at which point I get dd dressed for the day.
I think it's so interesting to read how other families organise themselves in the mornings!
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