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The Princess' 7th birthday brought on a slew of questions from family and friends. Everyone had the same burning question.
"What birthday cereal did she choose?"
She chose a box full of food colouring, refined sugar and highly processed grain and it lasted 2 and a half days.
What makes a box of Lucky Charms a box of birthday fun?
A long time ago, on an island far far away, I made a new friend named Shannon. She lived across the street from me, went to our church, and her house wasn't perfect. It was wonderful.
Shannon changed my life.
She introduced me to the 'Birthday Cereal' rule, saving me from years of whiny children in the grocery store.
Ok....saving me from years of whiny children in the cereal aisle in the grocery store.
The rule is simple. The birthday child gets to pick one box of WHATEVER sugar filled, fake fruity, gagging chocolaty, dye laden cereal that their little heart desires. Their mother will not say 'no', although she will inform the checkout clerk the reason she's spending 8 bucks on a box of junk and that she doesn't always let her children rot their teeth on such stuff.
There is a secondary rule. It is to be shared amongst their assorted siblings.
The third rule is that this is the only time in the entire year that their mother will buy junk cereal. No exceptions.
It's brilliant. It eliminates whining for the rest of the year when it comes to begging their saintly mother to purchase junk cereal. Which she won't. And doesn't. Except on their birthday.
Conversations in the cereal aisle revolve around what cereal they're going to choose on their next birthday (even if it's 11 months away). But they don't ask if I'll buy it. When they were younger and they DID ask, I didn't need to answer 'no', but rather, 'on your birthday'.
And it's turned into a great family birthday tradition.
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