We were having breakfast one morning when my 5-year-old son accidentally knocked over his glass of milk. He looked at the puddle on the table and started whimpering. Soon the floodgates opened and tears were pouring from his eyes. I wanted to comfort him, but I was struggling not to say the words, “Don’t cry over spilled milk.
My son turned towards me and noticed my trying to contain my laughter. “Daddy,” he said. “Are you making fun of me?”
“No, I’m not making fun of you, son,” I said. “Are you okay?”
“No, I’m not okay,” he said. “If I don’t drink my milk I won’t grow up and be healthy and strong like Paw-Paw,” he said.
“Wait, what?” I said. Paw-Paw is his grandfather whom he adores.
“Paw-Paw is big and I want to be big like him,” he said. By this time, the milk was spilling on the floor and I was the one who felt like crying.
“Don’t you want to be and strong like DADDY?” I said thumping my chest.
“Yeah, but Paw-Paw’s bigger than you,” he replied. “And he’s super strong.”
“Just clean up the milk,” I sighed.
My son composed himself, cleaned up the mess, and poured himself another glass of milk. These are the types of interactions we have at the breakfast table. Although I was disappointed that my son didn’t acknowledge my impressive physique (if only in my mind), I am glad that we are able to spend time together in the mornings.
My kids are fortunate because they can eat a healthy breakfast every day. We use the time to connect with one another and get focused for the day. On weekdays, we usually have cold cereal. It’s a simple breakfast, but it’s healthy and easy to make. On weekends, we slow down a bit and enjoy a cooked breakfast. I enjoy serving scrambled eggs, bacon and fruit. My wife often treats us to pancakes or breakfast tacos. Regardless of what day it is, we always have milk with our breakfast. It’s an excellent source of protein and nutrients that helps fuel our day.
Studies have shown that children who start their day with breakfast tend to perform better than kids who skip the meal entirely. That is why Fuel Up to Play 60 and the national Milk Mustache “Got Milk?” Campaign have teamed together for the Breakfast Blitz. The campaign will help schools give kids greater access to a healthy breakfast and drive awareness of the importance of breakfast to fuel families’ mornings.
The campaign, which runs until February 17, also gives milk drinkers the chance to win prizes, including tickets to Super Bowl XLVIII in 2014 and a year’s supply of milk.
Speaking of milk, I guess I’d better pour myself a glass because I want to be big and strong like Paw-Paw too.
Question: How often do you have breakfast with your family?
Disclaimer: I am a paid member of the FUTP60/Breakfast Blitz Promotion. All opinions are my own.