Family Life

Cake for Breakfast

According to my 7-year-old son, cake is a perfectly acceptable breakfast item, and I agree.

Most mornings he wants oatmeal. Great! A healthy, filling option. But one Saturday he asked for a slice of leftover birthday cake. I said no, of course. Other parents wouldn’t allow it, right? He asked why and I explained that he needed something more nutritious and filling in the morning.

But, as kids do, he argued — he argued hard. Finally, he asked for the powdered doughnuts. I said sure — and that’s when I walked into a trap.

“Hold up,” he said. “I can have doughnuts, but I can’t have cake? What’s the difference?”

He was right. Why are doughnuts okay in the morning, but a slice of moist strawberry birthday cake with vanilla buttercream frosting isn’t? We now have cake for breakfast every now and then.

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