In the Kitchen : A Smoothie to Start

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Since daylight savings began, three of my four kids get up early every. single. day. I mean 5 – 5:15 early!

And I am guessing many of you can relate.

5:30 or even 6 is just too early for anyone to be sitting down and eating a great big warm breakfast and even if they did, they’d be hungry again by 8! But those tummies need something while they wait for their sister (bless that little sleepy head!) to wake up at 6:30 or 7, and so, a change in rhythm was called for. And this particular change is what we are fondly calling, smoothie to start!‘.

We have been starting each day with a juice or smoothie- right now the favourite is a combination of frozen banana, strawberries, cos lettuce, parsley and coconut water (even the one-year-old loves it!) and then after the morning chores have been done (feeding the chickens, watering the garden, getting dressed, making beds), then we all gather around the table for a proper warm breakfast.

It’s a tiny part of our day, but it’s all about making little tweaks and changes to your rhythm when something just isn’t working. Since starting I’ve actually noticed they’re all eating more of their breakfast- they’re truly ready and hungry by 7:30 and of course, I’m a happy Mama because they’re getting their greens with no complaints.

Have you changed something about your family rhythm since the seasons have shifted? We’d love to hear and learn from your experience.

How do you tweak and change aspects of your day to help things move and flow?

Meagan Wilson is a parent educator and author of the now-retired seasonal series of Whole Family Rhythms. After finishing a BA, she went on to complete her Foundations in Steiner Education and Anthroposophy at Sydney Steiner College, as well as her Waldorf Early Childhood Certification at the Rudolf Steiner Centre in Toronto. She has received her certification as a Simplicity Parenting Family Life Coach and has supported hundreds of parents to create a strong family rhythm unique to their own values and culture. She has four young children. Meagan provides resources, support and information to parents who are looking for a bridge to cross between their unique family life and their children’s (often but not always) Waldorf schools.