October 30, 2010

Cheerios: Nourishing Our Children’s Body & Minds

With all that’s been going on this fall I have had to make more time to be with my daughter. Before the blog started it was just the two of us all day long with no obligations. But now we have school (her), work (me), swimming lessons (both of us), and a whole host of playdates. In short, we are busy. The most important thing for me is to make the times between all these activities that is just for us.

My daughter is about to turn three and I find our time together is best spent doing fun, easy activities. We love to color, read and take walks. She also has started to ride a bike with training wheels so I can jog, or ride my own bike, alongside her. These moments where we are both engaged in the same activity are priceless. I also make a point of eating meals together whenever possible.

Breakfast is one of our favorite meals to eat side by side. We both love to eat cereal (Cheerios or otherwise), or waffles or pancakes. Eating breakfast together is the calm before the storm of the day. We talk about our schedule and who we might bump into along the way. I take this time to set her expectations about what will happen at school and after I pick her up. I think she likes this as much as I do, lately she’s taken to asking me what will be happening that day the moment I start pouring the milk.

As you’ll see below, Cheerios made this fantastic video with several Good Bite bloggers about ways they spend time with their children and nourish their mind and body. I love hearing all the ways Moms spend time with their children. The theme here is universal, time together doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive. It’s the laughter and enjoyment that counts.