As a busy family of 4, life can be rushed. We’re forever running out the door for the school run, or to work or various groups. So it’s really important to make time in the morning to have a (relatively!) stress-free breakfast together and open up a conversation about the day ahead. We don’t have the luxury of eating an evening meal together due to late finishes at work; like most families, and early bedtimes for our young sons.
Our boys are both early risers (yawn) so we actually have the most time together first thing in the morning. We gather around the table and I dish up a warming bowl of steaming porridge for us all. Stuart usually goes for cashews and peanut butter as added extras, and Henry and George always opt for raisins and a squeeze of fruit pouch made out as a wonky smiling face. Recently we’ve discovered a range of delicious flavoured instant porridge pots and sachets which are gluten free and some are even dairy free, which have been great for my attempts at cutting out dairy. The coconut & chia and almond butter & salted caramel are my absolute faves and the boys can’t get enough of the cranberry and raisin.
I love this time together, because our brains are fresh and ready and we chat about what’s happening the day ahead. It’s often the time we get most conversation out of the boys as they are at their most chatty before the day wears them out!
It’s hard sometimes to make time for thoughtful conversation with our kids, so it’s great to try and encourage this as a family when we are all together and for them to ask us questions too. I try not to make the questions I ask too generic, like “how was your day today?” as it doesn’t seem to get the best response; “good, thanks”. Instead I like to make them quite specific so we can really get some good conversation flowing.
I thought I would share some ideas if you wanted to spark some conversation over a meal with your children this week, if you found it interesting, why not Pin it?
5 breakfast time questions for kids to encourage thoughtful conversation