OO_anna-blog2There have been times – way more than I’d like to admit – that simple, life altering solutions sit under my mama-nose going totally unnoticed. I’m always looking for ways to make mornings less rushed and more pleasant. I mean who  is on a track to having a great day when every morning sentence begins or ends with, “Please hustle,” “We’ve gotta keep moving,” or “Can you quickly…”? I personally hate feeling rushed, and I can’t imagine my girls feel much differently. Yet every weekday morning its the same damn rush around.

In preparing for our third child, we’re really trying to help our girls to see how great it is to do things independently. It’s  as much for our sake as it is for their’s, but don’t tell them that. A bed time routine that includes laying out their choice of clothes for the following day can save us up to 15 minutes in the morning, when decision making is apparently harder and both girls NEED to wear the same pair of jeans (hashtag cat fight).

Breakfast can be another challenge. And as our independent girls flex their independent muscles, suddenly they want to make their own breakfasts. This sounds great in theory – one less thing for me to do. BUT have I mentioned that they are just 3 and 4 and that our kitchen is the size of a shoebox? When they get to take charge of breakfast on the weekends we have fridge doors knocking people over, entire bags of bread being dumped on the floor, and blueberries rolling everywhere… it’s anything but quick and clean.

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Two words. Overnight Oats. My husband and I do it for ourselves, so why not let the girls? They pick their own toppings, do their own scooping and pouring, and best of all “making breakfast” only includes grabbing their mason jars from the fridge and fighting over the same spoon that they both NEED. And of course food tastes better when they’ve made it (when does this change? The opposite is true for me!).
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The goods always include:
  • a choice of non-dairy milk that they can tolerate
  • gluten free oats
  • a tablespoon of chia seeds

Topping options for them include:

  • a scoop of pumpkin puree
  • pumpkin seeds
  • fresh fruit
  • frozen fruit
  • nut free granola
  • cinnamon
  • goji berries
  • cocao
  • honey
  • maple syrup

Sometimes their concoctions straight up look nasty. We try to steer them in a tasty direction, but on occasion they are certain their mix will be good, and we just roll with it. Choose your battles, right?