Saturday, September 8, 2012

Morning Sunshine

My kids aren't like the children on cereal commercials. You know the ones that come to the breakfast table, fully dressed and eager to gobble up whatever is put in front of them. Mine tend to be a bit harder to please in the mornings.

The other day, D-boy was having a particularly hard time finding anything palatable in the house. He quickly rejected toast and yogurt, but I kept trying to tempt him.

Me: Sweetie, do you want that cinnamon toast cereal that you begged me to buy?

D-boy: What else do we have?

Me: How about a nice, juicy clementine?

D-boy: Ugh! Don't we have something else?

Me: I can cut you up some apple slices.

D-boy: Oh, forget it. I'll just eat pain!

Let me slip in a quick disclaimer. I don't give my children pain. He's been using that phrase lately, and I don't know where he got it. I think it relates to his interest in ninja type shows. Now, back to my story.

Me: How about instead of pain, I fix you a special, surprise breakfast?

D-boy (excited): OK!

Me: No peeking, I'll let you know when it's ready.

 
I proceeded to arrange cereal, apple slices and clementines on a plate for him.

Me: Here you go, honey. It's called Cinnamon Sunshine.

D-boy: Awesome, can I have some more after this!

Yep, the magic is all in the presentation. Maybe that's how those commercial producers manage to get those kids to act excited about breakfast. Or maybe it's because they pay them.

linking to: Finding the Funny

12 comments:

  1. I smiled at your dedication to pleasing your boy. My mother would never have asked what I wanted for breakfast. I'd have eaten what she offered or gone hungry. Of course I seldom went hungry.

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    1. Oh, I have my moments when I'm not in the mood to cater to picky eaters. I've just found that when my kids have a decent breakfast they are better able to focus on their schoolwork. Since I'm their teacher, that's really important to me!

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  2. How cute!! :) It really is all in how it's presented to them! I learned that first hand at the daycare where I worked...So many picky toddler and preschoolers :D LoL Good job mama!!

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    1. It's like the cooking show chefs are always saying, plating is everthing!

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  3. Smart move!!!!! Any kind of a "surprise" is a hit here, too.

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    1. That one little word just seems to get them ready to cooperate.

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  4. Lol! Love it! And funny how all the same foods suddenly became good and awesome.

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    1. Isn't it? I think sometimes they just say no without thinking about it.

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  5. Very savvy plating skills there, Mommy! You're so right--it's all in the presentation!

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    1. Don't you love it? Master Chef, here I come!

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  6. LOL!!! That is so funny, quite genius on your part. :)

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    1. We moms all have to have a bit of genius in us, don't we?

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