This is sponsored content by BlogHer and Kelloggs.Much of what moms write about being moms is completely irrelevant to me because they never mention cold cereal. Oh, they talk about breakfast all right–but they talk about it in terms I do not understand, terms such as “steel-cut oats,” or “whole-wheat pancakes.” And they consistently avoid phrases like, “What is considered a decent hour to crack open my first Diet Coke?” or “How many more minutes until bedtime?” which mean something to me, personally.
Oh, I know you see right through me. I act nonchalant in order to seem cool and edgy. Like I just don’t care! But I do. I care so much. I do want my kids to eat healthy food. Newsflash: cold cereal isn’t the devil. It’s good for you! Enjoy it. Appreciate it. Admit it. Embrace it. Revel in it. Flaunt it. Do you want to know how Caroline Ingalls feels about cold cereal? She wishes.
Some of my best and earliest memories are of cold cereal. I loved the commercials. I loved all my little buddies like Tony the Tiger and Lucky the Leprechaun. I was a strict moralist growing up. I felt like Coco Pebbles were bad–junk food, if you will, while Coco Puffs were totally acceptable (even though Sonny the cuckoo bird was an unsavory character, unbalanced and pathetic–to be pitied and avoided). I thought all versions of Pebbles were kind of bad. Like the people who got Happy Meals would also get Pebbles. (We NEVER got Happy Meals.) And who could resist the classic quest of an unlikely hero: Silly anthropomorphic rabbit, even though you walk upright and talk, Trix are for kids. Remember how we got to vote on the box whether he could get some Trix or not? They gave us a voice.
I loved how they said the cereal was part of a complete breakfast including toast, milk and juice. Milk and juice! That was my dream–to say nothing of the dream that one day Snap, Krackle, and Pop would materialize. Dudes! You really can hear the cereal. It’s magical.
Like I always say (seriously I ALWAYS say it), “Cold cereal is good because you just can’t eat an Egg McMuffin with cheese every day–even if you want to.” I hate to sound judgmental (seriously I NEVER judge) but depriving your kids of cold cereal is basically child abuse.
That's me on the left. Any guesses as to the identity of the person on the right?
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-------Mom’s Breakfast Club was started to help educate moms and families about kids’ cereal and share the scoop on their nutritional benefits and ingredients. To learn more about the program, visit http://www.loveyourcereal.com.