Intro: The Little Red Hen Breakfast
Do you remember the classic Childrens' story about the Little Red Hen?
No? Click here to read it: http://www.rickwalton.com/folktale/bryant05.htm
To watch (highly recommended!) the charming vintage cartoon, click here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cJDwq_VLkKQ
It's a great story about family values and work ethic. It helps teach children the benefits and rewards that come from Teamwork... and that's what a family is... a TEAM!
Maybe you've got a proverbial slacker in your family. The child who's always too busy playing a game on his/her Xbox to help carry the groceries into the house.... or one that faithfully forgets to make the salad or set the table because they're too busy texting a friend who just walked out the door 5 minutes ago.
If you're tired of asking and asking for help until your blue in the face, there's a really simple cure...
It's called The Little Red Hen Breakfast!
Actions always speak louder than words. It's imperative that you stand your ground without talking/explaining/justifying/apologizing to your child/children if they "earn" a Little Red Hen Breakfast. Whatever you do, don't LAUGH when you see their puzzled expression. 8-/
You may want to print off a copy of the Story for them to read... or have them watch the Utube Cartoon linked above before the meal is served. They'll understand perfectly and they'll learn a valuable Life Lesson.
This breakfast is especially effective if you can serve the delicious COOKED version to a Team Player and let the lazybones watch them eat it
Of course you don't want to starve the poor child. After you've returned the uncooked breakfast to the frig, a simple bowl of unsugared cold cereal without milk is a perfectly nourishing.
You shouldn't have to do this more than once... and thank goodness! It will hurt you a lot more than it hurts them.
Then again... some kids are just really stubborn. You may just have the opportunity to serve them a Little Red Hen Dinner, too! ;-)