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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".
Thank you for all your comments. The winners of the prize draw are...
miluth, TotallyEggFlipped and WhyIRayLiotta
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My dd who is 15 is the early riser, and makes herself breakfast, then our 7 yr old ds, who has toast and porridge. He will not let anyone else do it for him.has to be done in a specific way.my dd then brings me a cup of tea, and takes our 7 month ds downstairs for his breakfast, which could be weetabix, or rusk or baby porridge. We then get up and afternthe school run we have a bowl of cereal, or sometimes s cooked breakfast. But we usually do the cooked breakfast on a weekend to eat as a family.
I get up at 6am, make a cup of tea and take it back to bed to drink. At 6.45 I shower and from then on every second counts. The three ds's shower one after the other (always in the same order) whilst I make the porridge and Warburtons toast. Everything is packed for school the night before so we eat and leave as swiftly as possible.
We have the tv off until DS is ready for school. He's a fussy eater so its important that he has a good breakfast...it's not guaranteed he will eat much lunch! Breakfast is weetabix with banana and milk, porridge with raisins or scrambled eggs on toast.
It changes occasionally depending on the day. Usually i try shower and dress before dd wakes, then when she does wake, get her dressed and we sit and eat cerial, toast, or fruit together. She takes longer than me, so as she finishes, I pack our bags to go out thats it!
Dh is usually gone by the time I dress dd.
It's all about routine for us in the morning. My partner has already gone to work so it's down to me to get our 2 girls moving in the mornings, we're always up at the same time and they watch a bit of CBeebies while i get ready and then downstairs for breakfast while I get lunches and bags ready. Once they've finished eating it back upstairs to do their teeth, wash and get dressed. And even though we do this every morning I still get complaints from them!!!
Wow, there are some excellent breakfasters out there. When my husband's children are over, he gets them up. Cup of tea for the big one then toast or croissants in the car on the way to school.
We always follow the same routine which really helps to get everyone ready on time and prevents tantrums as my sons know what they're to do each morning and not to try it on asking for anything different. We get up, go downstairs in dressing gowns, have breakfast, then put on the television which my sons are allowed to watch as they get dressed. Then at 8.30 we go upstairs to the toilet, brush teeth, wash faces, then straight out to school.
School days DS 9 and DD 6 usually wake 7-7.20. Get dressed make beds and wait downstairs for me who is down by 7.40 ish. DD however is a slug so often needs coaxing to leave her pit. Countdowns before and after I go in the shower, promises of what awaits downstairs etc sometimes get her moving, other times its blind open duvet stolen harshness. DH leaves between 6.15-7.15am so doesn't get involved, apart from feeding the cat.
DD likes Weetabix or porridge , DS prefers toast or Warburtons sandwich thins. I eat fridge porridge which I make at the same time and stick in the fridge to eat once I am working (from home) after I have dropped them at school.
Weekends vary. Sometimes pancakes, sometimes eggs, sometimes a bacon sandwich. About the same timings on Saturdays due to Rainbows and football but now football season over and cricket beginning have a bit more grace on a Sunday morning.
Key to mornings is the nighttime routine! Clothes laid out, school bags packed, calendar checked and breakfast stuff set out as much as possible, then, bed at a decent time.
Since getting into a better bedtime routine DD (10) has been able to get herself up at half seven and ready for school and we can have a leisurely breakfast together - really sets us up for the day. Even if slightly rushed, we can usually squeeze in toast and scrambled egg
With two teenagers its really important to give them a healthy start as I can't guarantee they will eat healthily for the rest if the day if I'm not around. A firm favourite with us is smoked salmon, scrambled eggs on top of a toasted muffin with some fresh orange juice.
On school days mornings are a military operation! DH and I get up around 6:40am which gives us chance to shower before DS wakes at 7:00 am. He has his breakfast - cereal, smoothie and fruit, watches a bit of tv and I dry hair and get dressed, chuck bags in car etc. Then I help DS get dressed and we leave the house at 7:45 am.
My only rule is that DS doesn't leave the kitchen! His clothes are on the radiator ready and breakfast is at the kitchen table. If he goes anywhere else he gets distracted and all is lost!
Weekends are generally much more relaxed. We all cuddle up in bed, chat, watch something on the iPad with a coffee and juice and this morning didn't actually get up until 10:00am - bliss!
Generally 6mo DD wakes me up at 6am by demanding milk. I feed her back to sleep and then get myself up, which wakes up DH. I get myself showered and dressed and then wake up 3yo DS, get him dressed and then take him downstairs for breakfast. We have breakfast together then he can play while I get DD up and dressed. After that it's all systems go to put shoes on and get out of the door for nursery. I can't believe it takes so long!
getting the family up isn't an issue in our house - I'm the only one who finds it difficult to get up! Getting out is an issue in the winter when it's cold so the children have to wrap up and I lay out all their clothes the night before.
As a farmer, my husband is first up in a morning - usually around 6/6.30. He has cereals and tea then and toast and coffee at about 10. I'm next up at about 7 - I have cereals then and toast later on, when the girls have gone to school. I wake my eldest daughter at 7.15 and she catches the schoolbus at 8.10 - as she's got older (she's 11 now), it's become more of a battle to get her to eat breakfast. More often than not, it's either a brioche or breakfast bar. Finally if she's not already up, I wake my youngest daughter (who's 9) at 8, and take her to school for 9. She enjoys cereal and toast. So I'm afraid breakfast in our household is a little disjointed - certainly no sitting round the table all together and chatting!
DS is only 2 and an early riser. I actually usually really enjoy that time with him. If he wakes up before 6 I try and get him back to sleep but from 6 onwards I get up with him and I warm him some milk and make myself a proper coffee and then we snuggle up on the sofa and watch a DVD or read stories for a while. When DD joins us we have breakfast and they often 'help' getting it ready. Then they get dressed, DD herself and DS with some help and then watch some c beebies whilst I get ready. I try and get them out of the door on the days I work by 8am but that doesn't always work out!
We don't allow the tv on until our 7 year old is already to walk out of the door - this includes breakfast, hair, shoes/ coat etc...makes for a more cooperative morning!
I get up at 6 and cook bacon and eggs for DH before he goes off to work. He makes the coffee! The DC's all get up around 7 so I make a mountain of eggy bread and let them gobble that up before they have fruit and yogurts. The 2 eldest then empty the dishwasher and two of the younger ones make the sandwiches and pack the lunchboxes, choosing fruit, yogurts and cake etc ready for school. They take turns in choosing sandwich fillings and like the responsibility of making up and packing them. Even the youngest DD likes to help to clear up after breakfast and puts things back in the cupboard. It helps them grow as a team and see responsibility for the morning routine as belonging to the whole family, rather than just me.
My biggest principle is that you set the alarm for the latest time possible and get up instantly. If you keep pressing the snooze button you aren't getting real sleep so you might as well get moving.
The other rule is to get stuff ready the night before, including knowing what you are planning for breakfast.
My regular tip is to freeze sliced bread in packs of 4, zig-zagged in a bag so they come apart easily to toast from frozen.
And my best tip, learnt this morning. if you bought some reduced bread on the sell-by date and you spot some mould, while you are eating it, only 2 days later, say nothing and hope nobody else notices
Our morning routine looks really rubbish compared to everyone else's on here .
I usually get up when ds (5) wakes up which is usually way too early. He wants some milk first and then eats either rice krispies or honey shreddies. I have a cup of tea and some cereal or a yoghurt while checking emails. ds watches some TV. At some point dd (8) comes down and has some porridge or a bun with butter while I have a shower, prepare my lunch to take to work, the children's packed lunches if they are not having school dinners, sign consent forms, find school clothes, panic a bit....
I leave around 8am, I tell dp (who really isn't a lark) that I'm leaving, tell the children to go and wake their father if he is not down in 5 min, kiss them good bye and let dp deal with the rest which involves, so I'm told, quite a bit of prodding and shouting to get them dressed and to the bus.
We never have breakfast together around the table (we eat dinner together at the table though) except when we have guests staying.
With three young DS it is rare that our alarm wakes us up but random which DS is the first through our bedroom door. Our rule in the week is that everyone is dressed before breakfast and definately before cbeebies goes on. Mornings were a nightmare before this was introduced. I try and get clothes ready the night before but this does not always happen. DS2 is usually starving first thing and loves apples so the boys have one whilst waiting for their breakfast. At the moment porridge is the thing - with a squirt of maple syrup, honey and if I am feeling generous some sprinkles! For a special treat on weekends we sometimes have pancakes or a full english but this turns into brunch! At the moment I am trying to encourage all the DS to make their own beds. The all the DS want to help in the kitchen but ours is too small but they take it in turns to put the toast in and they all have to take their plates out.
Divide and rule. One kid eats breakfast first while the other gets dressed and does teeth, then they swap.
My breakfast happens FIRST on a good day... It may seem selfish, but i am ratty before I get a cuppa and a slice of toast, and my bad mood spreads rapidly. If I can sort myself out first then I can focus 100% on the kids, and everyone is happier. I always think of the instruction on the airline... Fasten your own oxygen mask on before assisting others!
I get up: let the dog out, scramble into the shower and then start trying to wake up the kids. This consists of nicely waking, then tugging duvets, then shouting, then pulling duvets off. Everyone then moans that they don't have time to eat properly (which is what I've been saying for the previous half hour), littlest grabs a banana and a yoghurt and some toast and eldest says he will get something in the school canteen and then we rush out the door. Weekends, I'm lucky if they get up before lunch!
Yeh BornTo we often have more treaty things at weekends too, like pain au chocolat (from the new bakery at LIDL). At DM's in the hols we have scrambled eggs on toast. Funny how these little traditions develop !
On a school weekday we leap out of bed and eat breakfast cereal in our pyjamas before getting quickly ready and out of the door. In holidays/weekends at home (if not a school holiday club day) we are more leisurely lying in bed talking and getting up lazily to have breakfast which we may cook.
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