I have a problem. I’m sure it’s one that many of you may share. It’s the ‘how to stop teenagers sneaking off to school without breakfast‘ problem.
One of my daughters is a master of the skills of breakfast avoidance. I just need to turn around or fetch something from the storeroom, visit the bathroom and ….she’s gone…. in a flash….leaving only a whiff of teenage (yukky) perfume behind her.
She leaves clues that she thinks will fool me. Cereal bowls just rinsed with water, or even milk, so that it looks like she ate. I make her hot chocolate every morning and I swear she throws most of it down the sink every day, pretending she’s just rinsing her mug ready for the dishwasher. (She forgets that her mother was, for a time, attached to the Military Police and could have been a spy…..nothing fools me!)
Now if there is one thing that I think is important, it’s breakfast. Scientifically proven to be the most important meal of the day. I know that I would am fit for nothing by 9am if I haven’t had something to eat and drink. The days are getting colder and my kids have a long school day – most days they are all gone by 7.30am, often as early as 6.20am (we have varying school start times if you are wondering why!) and only come home sometime between 4-5pm. They take the train; in winter it’s often dark when they leave and there will be many months this winter when it will be way below freezing with snow on the ground. So I want them to eat ….I REALLY want them to eat before they go…
I have decided that I need a new strategy. The old one clearly doesn’t work.
I think I have a new secret weapon….
Blueberry Muffin (Williams-Sonoma recipe – but I guess any recipe will do!)
I’ll keep you posted on whether it works,