Midday Coffee Break

What’s up?

Sorry for the paltry post, but today is when I volunteer at Ari’s English class. Still, there were a couple items that caught my eye.

A stay-at-home dad over at Salon wrote a hilarious and poignant column on how parenthood has made him dumb.

The prevalence of live born infants with Down syndrome increased by 31 percent between 1979 and 2003, according to a WebMD article.

What else is in the news? What’s up with you?


Breakfast: Most Important Meal of the Day?

Note to my dear husband: I am right and you are wrong.

According to my quick and dirty google search, breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Study after study — pick your source, WebMD, KidsHealth.org, About.com — has shown that children do indeed perform better in school, are less likely to be tardy and have less issues with their weight if they eat breakfast in the morning.

As you can tell, MotherTalkers, this is a sore spot between us. Part of this stems from the fact my husband is a night owl and I am a morning person. I wake up hungry, eating the breakfast of champions — eggs, pancakes, french toast, you name it — which I was told as a kid was “brain food.” “Breakfast is the most important meal of the day,” my father would tell us, “because you spend all those hours at night without eating.”

Maybe it was just a coincidence, but I was the best student in my household and the only one who sat with my father in the mornings to eat breakfast. My siblings slept in and left without eating a thing. Not surprisingly, they were asleep by C period.

My husband, on the other hand, does not have much of an appetite, especially not for breakfast. He’ll get around to eating a bowl of cereal alright — like around noon. Of course, it doesn’t help my case that, as he points out, turned out just fine without eating breakfast.

Still, his words and essays like this one in Wonder time insisting that eating breakfast “isn’t quite the make-or-break deal people say it is,” makes me want to cry — especially in the morning. I know how I feel without breakfast in the morning. I don’t know what my reaction will be the day if and when my children decide to sleep in with Papi instead.

What do you think? Does your family eat breakfast in the morning?

By the way, the Wonder time writer Ann Hodgman did say that breakfast was the “most delicious meal of the day,” and she actually serves it once a week for dinner. I loved this idea as Ari is a pancake fein and I do let him order a stack for lunch when we go to restaurants.