Breakfast is perhaps the only meal where we all truly sit at the table in our house and all eat together. It’s more a circumstance born of the fact that the kids may well be eating before us (given, the baby eats far more frequently and always before/after us), coupled with the Monster’s preferences for his cuisine.
And breakfast at our house varies – depending on the day, it’s cereal, oatmeal, pancakes, waffles, eggs.
Recently, the Monster’s taken to not drinking milk. There’s no explanation – I don’t know if he himself could verbalize why he’s not wanted any lately – but that’s where it is. If you ask him what he wants to drink, it’s juice. (We never give him straight juice unless we can avoid it. Usually, it’s a splash of juice and mostly water.) His dietary habits at breakfast have narrowed down as well, as he’s mostly wanted cereal and pancakes, with the occasional bowl of oatmeal or yogurt.
Since I’m often the first one up – I’m the one who has to leave the house either to do the AM run to camp/nursery school or to get my derriere to the office – I’m the one usually providing him with his options.
So yesterday, we had a fight about breakfast. After insisting he wanted pancakes, he got into a shrieking fit and ended up demanding animal crackers. Since it had been a bad night for me and the wife was still sleeping, I relented, deciding it was better he eat something before camp than stick to my guns on what is appropriate. Today, he wanted his pancakes and yogurt.
I’ll admit that there’s days where I wonder about the various diets that I hear about. I’ve never seen any scientific backing for any of them – even GFCF hasn’t been proven effective by a study – but I do admit that I’m almost tempted to try them somedays on an experimental basis to see if we notice a difference. We haven’t had any GI issues with the Monster, so there’s never been a rush to change up his food. To me, it’s always just been more important that he eats a decent variety so that he’s healthy and growing.
Still, that said, if I knew that removing something from his diet would help and could guarantee that he’d eat it…