Is Providing Your Children Breakfast Easy and Cheap?
This recent letter to the editor in a New Zealand newspaper is causing a big debate with the readers on stating that children’s breakfast is neither hard nor expensive. A wonderful parent and blog follower, Rose-Leah, who lives in Australia sent me this letter on the blog’s Facebook page. For those who don’t use Facebook, I have put the letter here in quotes below and the original article from Facebook underneath. I believe it is a important topic and I wanted to get your feedback from around the globe.
Breakfast Not Hard Or Expensive. There is a myth that children go to school hungry because of childhood poverty. I grew up poor sole-parent family living on the domestic purposes benefit. My four siblings and I had Weet-Bix and fruit every morning of our schooling life. This was prepared by Mum when we were young and then ourselves from age of 10 onwards. We had sandwiches for lunch, and meat and three vegetables every dinner. It has not done us harm because Mum turned out an All Black, two farmers a marketing manager and a dental nurse. Has giving your children breakfast somehow become insurmountably harder? I costed three healthy breakfasts: two free range scrambled eggs on lightly buttered mixed grain toast with salt and pepper cost $1.39 and took five minutes to prepare; quick-cook porridge with a banana and a sprinkling of brown sugar cost 94c and four minutes’ time. And three Weet-Bix and milk with a sprinkling of sugar cost 55c and took two minutes. Some parents need help. My mother had financial assistance from the state and our local church for strength. But do we really want to accept that 55c and two minutes’ time is too high a threshold to expect for parents’ dedication to their children? Eugene Rush, Mt. Wellington New Zealand(Note that 55c in New Zealand Dollar (NZD) = 45 cents American Dollar = 35 cents Euro)
Original Published Article:
Is Two Minutes of Time and 55 Cents Too High a Threshold For a Parent?
When you read this letter to the editor, no one can argue that 2 minutes and 55 cents is too high to ask for any ‘loving’ parents. But there must be more to this story. Why are so many children in rich countries going to school hungry and skipping breakfast?
As examples, in the United Kingdom, one out of seven children go to school hungry, in America, 11 million low-income children eat a school provided breakfast, in Europe, countries like Spain are in the midst of a severe hunger crisis and in New Zealand where this article was published, 11% of children in households with at least one adult in full time work are in income poverty.
The author of this letter grew up in a poor household with a single parent and four siblings. Why was this mother able to provide basic means to her kids and make it sound so ‘easy’ at the same time?
A controversial debate: breakfast is not hard or expensive
This article has drummed up a long series of comments on Facebook on whether a parent is ‘not a good enough parent’ if they cannot reach a minimum threshold to provide a nutrition rich and cheap breakfast for their school-aged children.
This is where you can provide some insight. There must be more to this story because if it was so ‘simple’ to provide basic non-expensive food for our children then more parents would do it. Most parents love their children and want to provide the best for them.
So what do you think?
Your suggestions, tips and comments?
Here is where I know you have some great suggestions, tips and comments on providing nutritionally rich cheaper costs foods for a family. I imagine that you also have some ideas on how to get children to eat a breakfast when the morning schedule can be rushed or kids don’t have an appetite first thing in the morning.
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