Back to School Means Back to Early Mornings


Let’s face it. I’m not a morning person. Neither are 75% of my children. Only one enjoys getting up before 7 am and having her tea while watching something on PBS Kids or Sprout. I swear she’s channeling BOTH of her great-grandmothers when she does this. The tea also HAS to have a spoon to sip from. It’s hilarious. I would actually laugh if it weren’t so early in the morning, and I wasn’t dragging to get out of bed to teach the kids. Oh, I didn’t tell you. Next week, EVERYONE starts school, which means I start teaching, and I may not actually be ready for it. 

Breakfast Starts Your Day Off Right

Getting back my morning routine after the summer is winding down is actually quite difficult. I love those long lazy nights with Mr. Houseful talking about everything under the sun, staying up to talk about any and everything. However, as we well know, all those long nights must come to an end. You know what’s amazing though? When I was a kid, I LOVED school – actually I still do. I just don’t love early mornings, and I look for anything to help alleviate that feeling, and turn me into the productive citizen of the world that I know that I can be. Double stars if it can do the same for my children. 

Cheerios is it. Mostly because we can all find the flavor that we like. Yes, I buy my children their favorite flavors of cereal to cut down on morning meltdowns. The ones from that senior in high school can be EPIC! Right, Nathaniel? 

Cheerios has been a part of our life for four children over. From using them as the first finger food, to having them as car snacks and comfort food in lunchboxes during those first days of school. They’re an integral part of the Nicholes and breakfast, lunches AND dinners in general. 

While he may not know it, I still worry a lot about Nathaniel. Even with him turning 17 this year, I worry. I worry that he’s not eating enough. That he isn’t getting out enough. That he isn’t going to school in the morning full enough. There’s nothing worse to me than going to school on an empty stomach. I remember this because I was just a high school senior 5 years ago. I don’t care what anyone else says. Knowing that this is the last year of him being in my home and me looking after him to make sure that he eats a balanced breakfast gives me a bit of the sads. I want to make sure that he is alert in school for these early days, but I don’t want to hover. Because hovering over a 17 year old has to be done inconspicuously. Good thing he thinks that HE is the one picking out the flavors that he likes. Good thing for me, I know he’s fed in the morning and I’m not sending my kid off to school in zombie form. 

Now for the bottom three (the loving moniker of my three youngest children) they eat Cheerios in copious amounts through the day as they are completing their lessons. Or they have snack bags filled with the iconic O’s while we are out and about on field trips. It makes for easy school days and afternoons. Just like their big brother and mother, they love certain flavors and we make everyone happy by buying them all. 

If I could give any type of tips about how to rock out back to school like the rockstar you are, early morning hater and all, I would say to just make sure that you have breakfast in the morning – and it doesn’t have to be hot – just like you see here. It can be a great bowl of Cheerios with milk (whole milk drinkers here, you do you though,) and a piece of fruit as everyone is heading out of the door or to the kitchen table for their studies. 

For those of you who are already back in school – congratulations for getting over the hump! To those starting after Labor Day – WE’VE GOT THIS! 

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  • Reply
    September 5, 2017 at 5:24 am

    I’m up early for back to school. R calls Honey Nut Cheerios “Bee cereal”. Love the pic of P in the tire swing!

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      Natasha Nicholes
      September 5, 2017 at 8:38 am

      Oy! The current Honey Nut Cheerios commercial is a favorite around here, and I’m not sure I’m ready for back to school today! But I’m getting breakfast ready for the kids for sure!

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    September 5, 2017 at 7:22 pm

    YOU’VE GOT THIS mama! Love these photos of your sweet children, oh my goodness!! And Cheerios is a staple in our home. So delicious!
    We just started back with homeschool. Last week was a nightmare and I was about ready to quit. This week was way way better.

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    Janessa Solem
    September 5, 2017 at 8:18 pm

    My kid love Cheerios too, especially Honey Nut Cheerios. They are a staple in our house for quick breakfasts on school days! I hope you and your kids had a great 1st day back to school!

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    September 6, 2017 at 9:30 am

    You have got this!!! Pookah loves the Honey Cheerios especially now that they are gluten free! Good luck with your homeschool this year!! You guys always look like you are having so much fun!

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    September 6, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Yes, back to school means back to early mornings for many families! Here, the boys always wake up at the crack of dawn all year round, I am hoping my now preteen son will soon be sleeping in as he nears the teenager years. Fingers crossed that we can sleep in on weekends. We love Cheerios to have for breakfast during the school year too!

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    Cyn Gagen
    September 6, 2017 at 10:06 am

    No back to school for me this year but I do get up early to get a jump on the day. Cheerios is a staple here – a quick and easy breakfast we love that can get us started on our busy day.

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    Sheena Steward
    September 11, 2017 at 8:04 am

    The only cereal I’ve eaten the last few years is honey nut cheerios. I love them lol. I hope he’s getting a balanced diet. Good luck with the school year. LOL at your daughter, her tea and PBS Kids.

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    September 12, 2017 at 3:48 am

    I have been homeschooling my teen for your years now, and so no first days of schools for us. As a former teacher I use love the whole back to school transition. Now you couldn’t pay me to do it. Your kids are adorable.

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    Lia World Traveler
    September 12, 2017 at 7:18 am

    Great pictures, you have a lovely family! Same boat as you in terms of not being a morning person, neither are the kids except on weekends. Need to find ways to make them (and me) happier in the morning, individualized cereal may be a starting point. Thank you

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    Mimi Green
    September 12, 2017 at 10:48 am

    My son loved Cheerios, they were a special food group for him. We are into our second week of Kindergarten and our third week of 8th grade.

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    September 12, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    OMG I understand exactly how you feel! This early wake-up business sucks me nor my kid are early risers

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    Elle (CleverlyChanging)
    September 13, 2017 at 7:05 am

    I like the simplicity of cheerios. Breakfast cereals with too much going on baffled me. I like it basic. BTW, your pictures are beautiful.

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    September 13, 2017 at 7:25 pm

    My mom buys the kids honey nut cheerios to keep at her house for when she babysits. They love them. I am cracking up at your oldest’s facial expression. He’s like “Why mom? Why?”

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