Did you know that 82% of Canadian parents of children between the ages of 2 and 12 find that it takes them between 2 to 3 hours each morning to get ready and out the door in the morning? And, 90% of Canadian parents find while getting out the door on time is important, the battle lies in coming up with a plan of action for what to serve at breakfast.
Those are statistics collected in an online survey conducted by Angus Reid are certainly ones my family resonates with.
On weekday mornings, I single parent. My husband has a job that requires him to be out the door at the crack of dawn to make his long commute into the office. This leaves me to fend for my 4 children between the ages of 7 months and 7 years, ensuring that they all are fed, dressed, washed up and ready for school.
In order to survive the morning, I wake with my husband at 5:30AM. That is if the baby hasn’t already gotten me up for the day at 4:30 or 5 for an early morning nursing session. Either way my day starts early, and while I am not a morning person, I like it this way during the week.
My husband has the habit of passing me a hot coffee before running out the door in the morning to catch his train. A coffee that I sit on the couch in the dark and sip in silence for the 15 to 30 minutes before my children wake-up and the chaos begins. This is a part of my morning routine that I savour.
The moment the first kid comes downstairs in the morning, the whining for breakfast begins. I often joke that my house around breakfast time because like that of a soup kitchen. Every kid wants something different. The question is what.
Breakfast is the key item on our to-do list each morning that I feel is important to check off. 89% of Canadian parents feel the same way too. However the problem can be determining the variety of breakfast options to provide.
In our home you will have find our pantry lined with everything from breads, cereals, Quaker regular oats, instant oats, and granola.
Quite often you will find me reach for a bowl of oatmeal. My favourite recipe is: 1/3 cup large oats combined with 2/3 cup water. Microwave the oats for 4 minutes on medium.Remove and stir in a half teaspoon brown sugar, a drizzle of maple syrup and top with a handful of hemp seeds and granola. Sometimes I may skip the brown sugar and maple and stir in strawberry jam.
However, while I make it a priority for myself to have breakfast in the morning before taking the kids to school, my main priority is to first feed the kids.
Recently we have turned to Quaker Oats for a variety of a recipe options that the kids love. My kids love oatmeal, but they easily grow bored of the same old, same old. The Quaker Oats website provides delicious solutions that help power up my kids mornings. Not only that they are recipes the kids can even take responsibility and prepare themselves with guidance, of course. And, when we don’t have time to prepare a recipe, we just grab a package of instant oats and prepare that instead, eliminating the stress and ensuring we stay on top of our morning to-do list.
Speaking of to-do lists, I have my kids set-up with an Easy Daysies magnetic to-do list which outlines the order in which they need to get things done in the morning. It has really formulated a routine within our household. My kids love it because it has brought them that much more independence. I love it because it has eliminated my need to nag them throughout the morning.
After my kids have breakfast, I shift the focus to myself. As they get dressed, I do too. We then meet back downstairs, and while my 5 year old and I pack up the backpacks. My 7 year old daughter will sit with her 7 month old brother and 2 year old sister, trying to keep them entertained for a few minutes so that I can quickly cook up a bowl of oatmeal.
I love having Quaker oatmeal in the morning because not only is it a simple breakfast solution that can be cooked up in no time at all, but it is also a great meal for a breastfeeding mother, like myself. Plus, it is also full of fiber, which helps keep me feeling full for longer periods of time. Sometimes, if and when I remember I will prepare banana bread overnight oats the night before to just grab out of the fridge in the morning. Just because it is prepared overnight doesn’t mean you have to enjoy it cold, I often nuke it for 30 to 60 seconds and enjoy before we rush out the door for school.
One recipe I cannot wait to try though is this recipe for Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal. Because well… Pumpkin! This avocado toast with savoury crumble sounds amazing too! Who knew oats could be so versatile?!
Quaker oats was commonly found in my household during my adolescence, and to this day that remains unchanged. It is one of those brands that helps make my mornings easier. Sure the mornings may be chaotic with 4 young kids to care for and all, but hey – it is that much more manageable when I have a variety of simple breakfast solutions on deck and ready each day! I love the versatility of the Quaker oats products. They’re so easy to prepare, eliminating the breakfast morning battle and ensuring we get out the door on time with full, happy bellies. Thanks to Quaker Oats my mornings don’t own me. I own my mornings! What could be better than that?!