I need some help, girls. I have 2 girls who don’t like to eat breakfast. Or at least not until like an hour or two after they get up.
This poses a problem for a couple of reasons. We have to leave to get Katie to school at 7:50 in the morning. So, I’ve resorted to letting her eat breakfast at school because by the time she gets there, she has an appetite. I’ve tried waking her up earlier so that she’ll be hungry by the time breakfast is ready, but that backfired and resulted in a grumpy girl who still wasn’t hungry.
So she eats at school now. I know, I know, you’re probably gasping and falling on the floor at the idea of a kid eating the food they serve at school, but I don’t know what else to do and she likes it and it’s only 50 cents a day for her to eat breakfast there. A small price to pay for my peace of mind in knowing that she’s actually eating something in the morning.
And for Hannah, it’s not a problem on Tuesdays and Thursdays because she doesn’t have preschool on those days, so I have the time to let her wait until she’s hungry. But on Mon, Weds & Friday, I have the same dilemma as with Katie.
Any suggestions? And I can’t find anything that they want to eat besides cereal or doughnuts. I don’t buy doughnuts and the cereal that they like is terrible for them. I’ve tried fruit and bacon & eggs, but they just don’t want it. And I understand because I can’t really eat fruit in the morning either. I like fruit, but the thought of it in the morning makes me want to gag for some reason.
Should I just let them eat the cereal? I mean at least they’re eating something. Or should I keep putting food in front of them that they won’t eat that ends up in the trash? Okay, I know I shouldn’t do the second option because every time I do it, I cringe at the dollar signs I see going into the trash can, but seriously, I don’t know what to do about it.
I’ve tried cinnamon rolls (Katie loves them, but Hannah hates them – and seriously, what’s the difference between that and a doughnut?), toast with peanut butter, toast with cinnamon & butter, eggs, sausage, bacon…it’s driving me mad, I tell you! And if I get lucky and find one thing that one likes then it is certain that the other one won’t, so them I’m left fixing 2 different breakfasts, which I refuse to do now.
I know some people just aren’t big breakfast eaters, so maybe I should just let it go and feed them what they’ll eat…???
Does anyone else have this problem? Do you have any suggestions for me at all?