when cheerios reached out to us about their family breakfast project, it only took one quick glance over this page before i had to know more, and felt pumped and motivated to improve our own family’s breakfast routine and traditions. ever since the littles came along, we’ve actually tried really hard to have a good breakfast around the table together each day, and make it a meaningful time for our family to really connect before the busy day begins. that doesn’t mean we sit down together every morning (try is the key word here!), and there are days where we are rushed and grabbing breakfast on the go while we’re running out the door, because getting anywhere on time is not my strong suit as a mother but something i have on my list of things to work on in the next life. anyway, we still try our best to sit down at the table together when we can.
from my dancing days, i learned early on what a major part my breakfast would play into my day of classes and rehearsals and shows, so i’ve always taken it a bit more seriously than my other meals. and since my kiddos have come along, i’ve realized just how much it sets them up for a successful day as well, not just what they eat, but having that time to sit together and connect before the crazy of the day begins. we actually have a rule of “no phones at the table!” which eleanor always enforces. she has even brought her tiny doctor play phone to the table a few times since the rule was initiated so she can announce that there is a phone! and oh no! we must take it away!
we’ve consciously used this time in the morning to show our kids how we can talk to each other and interact and ask questions. we taught eleanor the word for this, “chit chat!” which she likes to use on occasion now. we started off repeating just a few key questions like “what’s the weather like today?” “how’d you sleep?” “what’d you dream about?” and we all take turns answering. after a few days of this, eleanor started asking these questions all on her own. she loves it. when we’re not around, we will sometimes hear her ask samson questions, and then try to engage him to carry on the conversation with her. it’s kind of endearing as a parent to know that our kids are learning how to interact with one another and building their relationship. we hope that by doing these little things we’re planting seeds for the future.
probably my favorite breakfast time conversations revolve around our dream recaps from the night before (because my kids either have incredibly vivid and wild dreams each night, or incredibly vivid and wild imaginations and pretend-story-making-up-skills). josh and i kind of live for these recaps, always so entertaining and impossible!
one of the biggest things i like about the family breakfast project is their 7 day program. it shares a lot of great suggestions and ideas for how to get the most out of your family time around the table in the morning. ideas like creating a family music playlist together, sharing simple acts of kindness to do through the day and report back on at dinner, sharing your wishes and worries for the day and brainstorming together how to make them better, and a few fun simple breakfast treats and recipes and games, too. these are great little tools for bringing families together and becoming closer. what’s more important than that?
this post is in partnership with cheerios and the family breakfast project. i would love to hear any special traditions or rituals your own family has successfully implemented around breakfast time in the comments, too! you can use the hashtag #familybreakfast, if you share your ideas or traditions on your social channels.