Breakfast Lesson


One of the benefits of homeschooling is that education can be woven throughout our daily lives. Integrated and implemented to ensure true learning. Even during breakfast.  Last Thursday, Circuit’s facial expression conveyed his sincere feeling about this particular privilege.


Button calmly ate her cereal.  Isn’t this a common scene at your breakfast table?


Circuit exclaimed the injustice of his restriction.  In these photographs, you cannot see his handcuffs clearly.

I must apologize for the poor images—I discovered later that my camera had been on a weird setting.  And it was difficult to snap photos while my son was shouting of this extreme abuse.


A few bites were accessible independently.

As Circuit’s anger mounted, I quietly read 1 Corinthians 12:14-20, where Paul used the human body to illustrate how the body of Christ should function.


He finally, begrudgingly, asked for help.  Perhaps members of a family CAN learn to work together?


Still handcuffed, Circuit flapped his napkin to catch a drip of milk.


Then, the children swapped restrictions.


Although he preferred the blindfold to the handcuffs, Circuit is still angry about my horrendous cruelty.


In case you’re wondering, this activity was suggested to embellish the study of Family Way #15 in our current Bible study book:

We work with a cooperative spirit, freely giving and receiving help.

The accompanying memory passage is Ecclesiastes 4:9-10:

Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; if one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!

Have you tortured your children for similar purposes?  Or am I the only parent who inflicts such brutality?  Please share your thoughts.


3 thoughts on “Breakfast Lesson

  1. Cynthia says:

    Thanks for sharing. I have that book and used it when the girls were younger. I should try it now while the boys are young.

  2. Cynthia says:

    I made my dd who just got her learner’s permit go out in a blizzarding snow to practice her driving skills… does that count as a mean mom? (LOL).

  3. Heather says:

    Glad to know I’m not the only “mean mom,” Cynthia:)

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