This post is sponsored by Cheerios, but all opinions are my own, as always.
There are so many things I love about the fall and winter months. It seems like summer has us busy & scattered but fall, fall brings us together. And after all the hustle & bustle of summer fun, I’m grateful for calmness and moments where I can just sit down with my family and talk. One of my favorite ways to bond with my son is over breakfast so when I knew Maple Cheerios were hitting the stores so I scooped them up! Sweetened with REAL maple syrup! Yummy!! OH! And just a quick tip, especially for cold days like we’re having today, take advantage of Walmart’s online grocery pickup service y’all. Order your groceries online, pick up at the store, and never have to leave your car!
Whenever I want to have a heart to heart talk with one of my kiddos, I either trap them in the car or use cereal as bait. You’re raising your eyebrow on that, I know, but after raising 3 boys, sometimes you gotta be clever to get kiddos to listen & share on topics that they don’t necessarily want to talk about.
Truett attends a small rural school where everyone is like family. There had been some friction between some of the boys that escalated on different occasions. After talking to two of the families, I learned that Truett was trying to keep the peace between these boys. After hearing this, I knew I wanted to sit down with Truett and talk to him but let’s be real, what 12-year-old boy wants to sit and discuss things like this with his mother? What’s a mother to do? Well, this mom used Maple Cheerios to lure her kiddo to the table!
Over a big bowl of Maple Cheerios, I began my conversation. I didn’t realize that the delightful taste of the Maple Cheerios would be a distraction but it was. There were a few mmmms and “these are good!!” before we actually started talking. I told Truett how proud I was that he was trying to be a peacekeeper with the boys. I also explained that these boys, who he’s grown up around, don’t act like this so maybe there’s something else causing them to act out. After a bit, I asked Truett to extend some grace to one of the boys who was acting out because he has been going through some tough times. I told him he probably needed a friend to lend an ear or let him know that things will be alright. It’s amazing how easy a conversation can because of a delicious bowl of Maple Cheerios. Seems silly to some I reckon but food and fall always bring people together and this was no exception. We both talked, laughed, and look forward to our next chat.
How do y’all sit down and have those heart to heart talks with your kiddos? I’d love to hear your ideas but take it from me, food always works! Having raised 3, I outta know.
Quick note: If you don’t see the Maple Cheerios down the cereal aisle at Walmart, check the end caps or middle of the big aisles. Most seasonal products are displayed this way!