Who makes breakfast, and when?
Most often it’s Mom who makes breakfast. In families where both parents share chef duties, many split the task between weekends and weekdays. And yes, there are some dads who take sole responsibility for the breakfast shift. A small number of children make their own breakfasts, and we also heard from parents who make breakfast with their kids. In one family the rule is “Whoever is up and dressed first makes breakfast.” (Does that mean last one up gets a rotten egg? Sorry, we couldn’t resist.) As for when: 5:30 A.M. to 9:00 A.M. was the range of breakfast times, with a lot of families eating between 6:00 and 7:30 A.M. Some parents commented that their kids eat a half hour to 45 minutes before they’re picked up by the school bus. Others wait until later, when their kids have worked up more of an appetite. • What is your kids’ favorite breakfast? There were so many favorites, even within a family! When we tallied the results, the favorites were ranked: • Pancakes • Cereal • Eggs • Waffles