Getting the kiddos up and running in the morning can be a job within itself. One of the best ways to motivate your kids and get them off to a great start to the school day ahead is with an awesome breakfast. Not only is a great breakfast critical but a consistent routine to make morning time a breeze. We have helpful routine tips and breakfast ideas to guarantee children a successful school year.
One of the best ways to get things started right in the morning is to be prepared. The night ahead, you and/or your child should have their clothes laid out and ready to go to avoid all of the scurrying around. Have all supplies, assignments, gear, etc. ready to go, too. This can save so much precious time and reduce unneeded stress.
Set the Time
A set time to go to sleep and wake up is one of the best things that you can do for not only your child but for yourself. With a proper schedule, your child’s body will get used to and adapt to sleep and awake times which can prevent the fight of, “Can I stay up just a few more minutes?” or “Can I sleep a just few more minutes?” This can lead to less arguments, parental threats and cranky behavior in the long-run!
Invest in your child’s health by providing the nutrients, sleep and exercise that he or she needs. Organized sports or just playing outside are great options. For a fun and convenient exercise, hula hooping is back in a big way. In fact, hula hooping is a great form of exercise that is fun not just for your child, but for the entire family.
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so it should be treated as such to get your child off to a productive day. A great way is to plan ahead. Maybe have a schedule a few days or a week ahead of time to have the breakfast menu planned out. This way you can make sure you have the necessary ingredients beforehand so you don’t have to scramble around looking for eggs when you want to make scrambled eggs!
One of the best and most nutritious breakfasts that will kick start your youngster’s morning is a yogurt parfait. If you choose Greek yogurt, your child will get a great boost of protein for a full feeling that will last all the way until lunch. Best of all, you can mix and match ingredients to your child’s liking.
Try granola, strawberries, blueberries, bananas and various types of nuts. Your child is sure to like some variation. Plus, parfaits are convenient and can be taken to-go when time is limited.
Quesadilla for Breakfast?
Yes, why not? Parenting recommends that a quesadilla can get a breakfast makeover by adding in Granny apples for a crisp, tangy taste. Just like a typical quesadilla, it’s quick and easy and full of calcium-rich cheese and a wheat tortilla can be used for fiber and other vital nutrients.
Simply sprinkle shredded cheddar cheese onto one tortilla, place thin-sliced Granny apples on top and cover with another tortilla. Microwave the quesadilla or brown each side in a skillet for a couple of minutes. Cut into fun triangles and watch as the kiddos gobble up the fun breakfast treat!
Drink Your Breakfast
For the ultimate convenient, healthy breakfast, a smoothie could be just the choice. Smoothies can be customized to fit any finicky eater and can be one of the healthiest, fulfilling meals around.
Start with a non-fat yogurt, add in orange juice or any other preferred juice, any fruit or even veggies like spinach. Place in a blender and voila, the perfect breakfast. Mix and match until you find your child’s favorite.
While there can always be a monkey wrench thrown into the morning mix, things can go smoothly with a little preparation, a bit of cooperation and a whole lot of patience. With the perfect routine, along with the perfect breakfast, your child can enjoy one smooth morning after another for a rewarding school year.