I rememeber when I was a kid, my mom worked a lot but she made a point to try and have dinner together a few nights a week, we were usually busy but tried to connect during that time of the day. Now that I have my own kids, I try and carry that tradition on, but as mu kids are getting older and more involved with different activities, we often are rushing around from one place to another and sometimes are eating quickly so we can make it onto the next practice. Since this is the case, we’ve made it a priority to not only eat together whenever we can, but also to carry this tradition onto the weekends with a family breakfast! If you are also finding your week nights being rushed, I’ve got 3 fun ways to connect with your kids over breakfast instead!
Sundays are very busy in this house since my kids have not only their religious education classes, mass with the family and soccer games, so usually on a Saturday, I’ll bust out the fancy plates and make a nice big breakfast for us all to share. School day breakfasts often consist of cereal or frozen waffles (no judging!!) so on a Saturday it’s nice to make a more involved meal, like we were at a restaurant.
My kids are always begging to help me in the kitchen, so this day of the weekend we have more time for them help and be apart of this meal. Often when I am making dinner, I don’t have the time (or patience) to have little hands trying to help, but on a lazy Saturday morning, one can mix the eggs while one makes the toast. It’s a great life skill for them be able to participate and learn some basic cooking skills, while having the chance to talk with me too.
No special breakfast is complete without some delicious Pillsbury Grands Cinnamon rolls. These are seriously my kid’s absolute favorite and I reserve them for special weekend and holiday breakfasts. I do love to bake, but these are so simple and always turn out amazing, there’s no need for me to fuss with trying to bake something homemade, which leaves me more time to be with my family.
When we are together, I like to use this time to connect with my kids and talk with them about their week at school, their friends, what books they are reading or how they feel about their upcoming soccer games. It’s so important to talk with your kid and really listen to what they have to say. As kid’s get older and more independent, this is when they are more influenced by their kids, and I know that kids with more involved and connected parents will do better and be more confident in life. Connecting with your kids over breakfast is easy, here are three things we like to do to be sure everyone is communicating with one another:
Ask the right questions
Don’t just ask “how was your week?”, instead ask more involved and less yes or no questions. Check out my post here for 10 questions to get you started!
Play “Would you rather?”
This is one of my kid’s favorites. Talk turns asking one another “would you rather?” questions. They can be silly ones like “would you rather eat only leaves or sticks for the rest of your life??” or more serious types like “would you rather have a million dollars and no friends or some really great friends and one dollar?”. These type of questions will not only make your kids laugh but also can help you get a glimpse into your kids brains a bit better- all while having fun!
Spin a story
This is one from my old teaching bag of tricks. When you spin a story, you can play it different ways, but they all have the same basic rules. One person starts a story and then you go around the table and everyone adds a part to it. You can play where everyone says one word, one sentence or just a section of the story. The stories can get pretty funny too. This is a great way to get your children using their imagination and also help them build on some basic story structures like characters, setting, plot, conflict and resolution, so they are having fun and learning too!
Often times, I can barely get my kids to come inside to eat dinner, but when it comes to our special Saturday morning breakfast, I have zero trouble getting everyone to sit down and eat! Not only is breakfast my kid’s ultimate favorite meal, but Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls are their very, very favorite! From the delicious icing on top, to the Cinnabon cinnamon and the ooey, gooey center, these delicious cinnamon rolls are the ultimate weekend breakfast indulgence. I love how they fill the house with that sweet smell of cinnamon as they bake, it’s a sure fire crowd pleaser that starts our weekend off with a smiles and helps to sets the tone for what lies ahead.
I like to let the kids take turns on who gets to help me spread the creamy icing onto the cinnamon rolls too. Since the icing is everyone’s favorite part, I have to remind them to pride it evenly so that everyone gets their fair share!
So with the craziness of the weekdays, why not make it a new tradition to make one weekend day your special family meal day? You can use these three simple and fun ways to talk with your kids more too so not only with the meal be memorable, but the conversations too. Don’t forget to be called “the best mom ever!!!” too by adding some of the classically delicious Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls into your menu too! Check them out on Facebook, twitter and Instagram for more recipe ideas and coupons!
What is your favorite weekend breakfast tradition with you family?
Disclosure: Thank you Pillsbury for sponsoring this post today! All opinions are my own.