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Making Time for Breakfast

Ease the morning rush by having on hand foods that children can easily put together. For example, older kids can make their own whole-wheat toaster waffles, peel hard-cooked eggs and prepare scrambled eggs, and pour themselves a bowl of whole-grain cereal to top with low-fat milk and fruit.

  • Make it routine. Stick to a morning schedule and establish a set time for breakfast.
  • Limit young kids' breakfast choices. "It cuts down on negotiation time," Kuzemchak says. 
  • Get up 10 minutes earlier.
  • Sit at the table to eat, without TVs, computers, or video games, to prevent distractions.
  • Get older children to help feed the younger ones, or ask a neighbor to help.
  • Pack a grab-and-go breakfast the night before.
  • Take care of other morning chores, such as packing lunches and laying out clothes, before bedtime.