No cereal on school days

We’ve been walking the path to healthier eating for quite awhile. And I’m not gonna lie, even though I LOVE eating cereal, I always have this awful feeling when I feed it to my kids and then send them to school for a whole day of learning. I mean, when I have cereal for breakfast, I’m starving again in like an hour, so surely they must get hungry quickly too.

Over the summer, I started plotting to get rid of all the cereal in the house. My plan was simple: just stop buying cereal. And then I realized maybe that was a bit drastic. So… I decided that we’d institute ‘no cereal on school days’. Now that seems totally doable. With both Josh and I home in the mornings, it’s not completely crazy to pack three healthy lunches AND make a real meal for breakfast everyday.

So every day since school started, we’ve sent our kiddos off to school with their bellies full of a healthy, nutritious breakfast. Some days we make smoothies, some days we make scrambled eggs, and some days we make oatmeal. And on Fridays, we make pancakes! And most days, the kids are totally on board.

And then other days, well… not so much. We’ve only had two incidents in two and a half weeks, so that’s good, right?! Daddy accidentally put too much brown sugar in Max’s oatmeal one day and that was a huge disaster, and Ava wanted to eat cereal after she finished her eggs, but I managed to talk her into an apple instead. And I have to tell you, I just feel better knowing we’re giving them a good start to their day.

We all have our habits that we want to change. Maybe yours isn’t cereal for breakfast, but whatever it is, I want to challenge you to go after it this week. I promise the extra effort is worth it! Here are some things we did during the process to make it easier:

1. We got on board too. Josh and I also don’t eat cereal for breakfast on school days.

2. At the start of the summer, our kids wouldn’t eat eggs (except for Lia) or oatmeal (except for the pre-packaged, sugary kind). And they didn’t like spinach in their smoothies. We made a list of the things we wanted to change about their breakfast and then tackled them one by one. I literally made scrambled eggs almost every day and made them eat at least a bite or two. After about a month, both Max and Ava started liking them and asking for eggs. So, go slow and keep at it!

3. Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. We constantly talk to our kids about why eating healthy is important and we are ALWAYS discussing whether certain foods are healthy or not. I think in the long run, we’re setting them up to have good habits for the sake of being healthy and not just because mom said so.

4. Don’t be crazy. I have a tendency to want to go crazy on stuff like this and ban cereal forever. And that’s not always a good solution. Because I don’t want my kids to go crazy and eat a whole box of cereal in one day at Grandma’s house. And even though we banned cereal on school days, I totally fed them cereal for dinner a couple Friday nights ago. So there you go. Totally not crazy.

P.S. Josh was out of town and I woke up around 8 am on Saturday morning, walked into the kitchen and saw this amazingness…

no cereal on school days sending kids to school with a healthy breakfast

Jenny (290 Posts)

Jenny Solar is the co-founder of The Happy Family Movement and Phone Monsters, Inc. She's a wife to Josh and mama to three kiddos: Max, Ava, and Lia. She's passionate about creating memorable experiences for her family and inspiring others to do the same.


6 comments
jntrina
jntrina

This sounds scary. I am not sure how on board my Kindergartner will be. She is such a picky eater and I have tried to offer and turned it down. I don't eat cereal so I am setting a good example, but I do the shopping. I will try this for a couple of weeks and see how it goes. 


wtlmnow
wtlmnow

We've done this in my household for a few years now. I felt terrible when I sent my son to school with only cereal in his belly (even though he was 12 when we started). I cook breakfast every morning (even though he's capable) and feel much better knowing that his breakfast will hold him until lunch.

smore_mom
smore_mom

We have been trying the "no cereal on school days" as we'll, It makes me happy knowing those in school aren't starving, cuts down on our grain consumption, and my oldest looks forward to his "cereal Saturdays". It's great to know we are not alone in trying to change our ways.

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

@jntrina I totally agree! Our kids are SO picky! I'm hoping to get them to expand their options further than eggs and oatmeal over the coming months :) Good luck with this!!

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

@wtlmnow yay! I'm glad to hear that you've been doing it for so long :) It gives me hope that we can keep it up!

happyfammvmt
happyfammvmt moderator

@smore_mom YES! So glad to hear you guys are doing this too and loving it!! Cereal Saturday... yay!

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