How can I get my kids to eat breakfast?

iVillage Member
Registered: 04-20-2012
How can I get my kids to eat breakfast?
Fri, 07-20-2012 - 2:53pm

I have been having issues with my kids skipping breakfast. It's not quite as bad in the summer, but during the school year when everyone is rushing and running late, breakfast seems to be the thing that gets skipped. I've tried telling them how important it is to their bodies but I swear, it's like in one ear and out the other. Does anyone have any idea for getting them to eat breakfast, preferably something that doesn't take a lot of preparation by me (since I'm also rushing in the mornings)Thanks.


iVillage Member
Registered: 11-28-1999
Mon, 08-06-2012 - 11:09am

I think that usually kids have to get up so early for high school, which goes against their natural desire to sleep late, that they aren't going to get up earlier to eat breakfast.  My Ds usually just grabs a granola bar.  if he gets up earlier, he'll have cereal.  They eat lunch pretty early so in the grand scheme of things I don't think it matters much.

Community Leader
Registered: 07-26-1999
Wed, 09-12-2012 - 10:08am

I was thinking about this post on my way into work this morning and wanted to post.  If your kids like oatmeal at all, here is a quick recipe that can be changed up with different flavors and you prepare it the night before, its super easy as a grab and go meal for them.  I've seen some other variations of it on pinterest in the last few days:

Raspberry Vanilla Refrigerator Oatmeal


  • 1/4 cup uncooked old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/3 cup skim milk
  • 1/4 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons dried chia seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon raspberry jam, preserves, or spread
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup raspberries (cut each berry in half), or enough to fill jar

In a half pint (1 cup) jar, add oats, milk, yogurt, chia seeds, and raspberry jam. Put lid on jar and shake until well combined. Remove lid, add raspberries and stir until mixed throughout. Return lid to jar and refrigerate overnight or as long as 2-3 days. Eat chilled.