We all know that it’s the thought that counts – especially when young kids are involved. In addition to the fancy gift, (yes, you [the husband] still needs to buy your wife [who carried your kids for 9 long months in her stomach] a nice [i.e. expensive) gift], why not help your kids do special “breakfast in bed” for their mommy this Mother’s Day.
Most moms will appreciate just about anything the kids make for breakfast, even if it is just a bowl of cereal. The key to having a special Mother’s Day breakfast is all in the presentation. Trust me, us moms really like to show off on Facebook!
Dads, this is what you will need to do to help your kids prepare an awesome breakfast in bed for Mom:
(1) Get Excited! Prior to the big day, get the kids all psyched up for making this breakfast. If possible, try to keep the Mother’s Day breakfast a surprise. Keeping a “secret” from Mom will really get them excited. If Mom finds out just tell her to pretend and stay in bed until you are finished preparing her breakfast.
(2) Be Prepared! Dig though the cupboards and find the fanciest dishes you own in your house. You will also need a serving tray. I am sure your wife owns at least one tray. If you cannot find a tray in your house you can buy a cheap one or make one from a cardboard box.
(3) Go Shopping! If time permits, take the kids out to the grocery store to shop for the breakfast items. Let them choose a few things on their own. Who knows maybe mom will enjoy marshmallows and M&M’s for breakfast?
If you can’t go to the store, don’t fret – just use whatever is in your fridge. If there is nothing in your fridge, McDonalds delivers 24 hours in Singapore. Just order breakfast from Mickydees, throw the boxes out and let the kids display it on fancy plates. Then serve it to mom (don’t worry I won’t tell her). No excuses!
(4) Wake Up Early! On Mother’s Day, wake up really early and start getting the breakfast ready. Try to let the kids do most of the work with your “careful” supervision (i.e. playing ninja sword fighters with the knives in the kitchen is usually not a good idea).
Note: Make sure you take some pictures during the cooking process – I am sure Mom will want it for her scrapbook.
(5) Cook Food! Here are some non-complicated breakfast ideas for those dads that don’t really set foot in the kitchen to make with the kids. If you are an aspiring master chef – please feel free to bring out your cooking skills on Mother’s Day. After reading this if you are still unsure on what to make, I am sure my best friend GOOGLE will provide you with 1000’s more choices.
No Cook Ideas
- Bagel with cream cheese
- Fresh berries with yogurt
- Cereal with milk
- Fresh Cut Fruits
- Yogurt Smoothie
- Store bought baked goods (muffins, doughnuts, crossoints
- Cheese & cold cuts
- Cookies (biscuits)
- Hard boiled eggs
- Scrambled eggs
- Pancakes (using boxed pancake mix)
- Toaster Waffles
- Hash browns
- Fresh squeezed juice
Slightly More Complicated Cooking
- Homemade Muffins
- Egg Fritata
- Breakfast burrito
- Veggie Omelet
- Poached Eggs
- Homemade pancakes or waffles
(6) Get Creative! Less is not more. Breakfast should at least consist of the following items and be served on a tray:
- Breakfast food(s)
- At least one fruit or bowl of fruits
- Mom’s favorite morning drink
- Handwritten card or drawing by the kids
- Cloth napkin or paper napkin neatly folded
- At least one flower (You can have the kids make the flower using recycled materials, pick a flower from the garden or buy a flower.)
For Extra Brownie Points: Creatively display the food with hearts or in a pattern. This will definitely be a hit with Mom.
(7) Clean Up! Make sure to clean up all the dirty dishes and mess that you made in the kitchen – DO NOT leave it for Mom.
Note: If this sounds like too much to do, TOO BAD – suck it up. I am sure you wife will do much more for you on Father’s Day.
Hope this helps. Good luck!!! And remember Mom (a.k.a. the mother of your children and sometimes you the overgrown man child) deserves it!!