Like most households, my family looks forward to weekends. It means they get to have weekend cereal!
I dubbed sugar-coated cereals â€œweekend cerealsâ€ a long time ago when I made it a rule one summer that my kids couldnâ€™t eat sugar cereal for breakfast every day. Iâ€™ve always felt like the first meal of the day was too special and important to be wasted on cereals that werenâ€™t very satiating and lacked nutrition.
Iâ€™m a bit of an obsessive mom when it comes to feeding my family breakfast. Good nutrition is important and a hot breakfast helps kids in their studies during the day. My breakfast-loving conscience wonâ€™t allow me to feed my kids sugary cold cereal or pop tarts for breakfast on school days.
During the school week I make my family a hot breakfast but relent on the weekends and allow them the freedom to choose cold cereal instead. But there are mornings when I crave a certain kind of cereal. Thatâ€™s why I wait until the kids have left for the bus before I have a bowl of sugar high with milk.
Call me a hover mother if you must, but I still regulate what my kids eat. When it comes to eating cereal, my kids havenâ€™t figured out how to help themselves before I find out what theyâ€™ve chosen to eat, so they still ask me if they can have weekend cereal before they dish up. Sometimes theyâ€™re denied but other times Iâ€™ll suggest a better cereal choice before giving in.
At our house, the popular weekend cereal choices are:
- Captain Crunch
- Coco Puffs, Coco Roos, or Coco Pebbles
- Lucky Charms
- Honey Nut Cheerios
- Frosted Mini-Wheats
- Frosted Flakes
- Golden Grahams or Cinnamon Toast Crunch
- Reeseâ€™s Peanut Butter Cereal
My kids and husband always request their favorite cereals when they know Iâ€™m going grocery shopping but they donâ€™t always get what they want. I shop strictly from sale flyers and only buy weekend cereal thatâ€™s on sale. I think paying $4-5 dollars for a box of cereal is ridiculous, especially when it only lasts two days, but if their favorite cereal is on sale, theyâ€™re in luck. So, as the saying goes at our house, â€œYou git what you git and you donâ€™t throw a fitâ€ when it comes to getting their favorite weekend cereal.
Weekend cereals have also become the new sweet treat at our house. A lot of times my family eats weekend cereal dry as a snack or as part of a sack lunch. Iâ€™ll allow it for that because I figure itâ€™s better than them asking for candy and theyâ€™re satisfied with being allowed something sweet.
Some people go out for breakfast orÂ make a big breakfast at home on weekends. We just eat a bowl of cereal.