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Every once in a while, as we're driving down the road on our way home after a long day at school and work, I'll toss a little, "Oh, by the way, daddy is going to be late getting home tonight," out to Alexis.
"YESSSSSSSS!" she'll reply, complete with a fist pump and a huge grin.
It's not that she doesn't want to see him; she does. In fact, she does the same thing when I'm the one who won't be home. Alexis just happens to know that when there is solo parenting going on, the rules are going to change a bit. And, when I'm in charge, that means that there will be cereal for dinner. It's healthy. It's fast. She thinks it's awesome.
In fact, letting the kid have cereal for dinner is a lot like telling another kid he or she can pick out any toy at the store. That little trick works on Alexis as well, but the whole Cereal for Dinner thing is so much less expensive, and has the added bonus of being a treat for me, too.
Shhh. . . don't tell, but I'm totally a dork and LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE to have cereal for dinner. Actually, I'd eat cereal all day every day if it weren't for that whole people would think I was weird thing. If there was a five-star restaurant in Pittsburgh that served cereal, I'd be there All. The. Time.
For my appetizer, I'd start with some Bite Size Mini Wheats. My main course would be Raisin Bran Crunch, and for dessert, Rice Krispie treats. Except, I would want the marshmallow goodness to be made with Fruit Loops. Of course.
And now I can't even think because my brain is in cereal bliss. Mmmmm . . . cereal.
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