A compromise and breakfast menu


Sprint practice during morning session.

There have been many discussions at home as to whether morning swim training sessions should be incorporated, especially with the number of competitions coming up. Dear son is 50-50, I am more inclined towards “no” while the dad had a chat with one of the coaches who seems to think that it would help.

My reluctance has to do with the fact that he is already training hard every evening for 2 hours. He is only 12 and have only recently started Secondary School. I am worried that with school work, and too much training, he would be overly taxed. What if it affects his health and ability to concentrate in school? Can his mind and body keep up with the rigours of training and school?

Speaking to dear son, he vaccilates.  “Yes, I want to, some of my friends are doing it and they are fine…” then, “No, I don’t want to..what if I have lots of homework? What if my grades go down?” Argh!

In the end, after another consultation with the coach based on his own experience and another chat with our child,  we decided on a compromise – Dear son goes for morning training 3 days a week, but goes out of the pool early in order to get to school before 7.50 a.m.

It means very early mornings for all of us on those 3 days. However, dear son is happy and has requested to add another morning for this week, (if it is not too inconvenient for you, Mama – awww!) as the state level competition is this coming weekend.

As a parent, it is never an inconvenience when it comes to catering to my child’s passion and interests. However, it is more about trying to ensure that his physical, emotional and mental needs are met. If at times, I have to voice my concerns, trust me… It has very little to do with my needs. My objections were due to my worry that he would lose the time needed to do childish things. That he would strain limited resources much needed by his body at a time of growth. That he would miss out on some childhood experience and lack balance.

However, now that a compromise has been met, and everyone seems happy, we will focus on providing him with whatever is needed. The decision is after all, not cast in stone. If at any point it becomes too heavy and becomes a detriment to any aspect, the decision can always be reversed.
As a side note, I have to bring the topic back to recipes… Breakfast is an important meal in this household.  We are not big cold cereal fans, the breakfast is usually cooked and hot and was never an option. Prior to his swim session his breakfast usually consist of the following:

Oatmeal with banana and blueberries, 2 soft boiled eggs, a glass of fresh milk with a little chocolate syrup.

Oatmeal with banana and blueberries, 2 soft boiled eggs, a glass of fresh milk with a little chocolate syrup.

Recipe for Oatmeal

300 ml fresh skimmed milk

5 tablespoons rolled oats, 1 tablespoon Nestum

Pinch of salt and soft brown sugar to taste

1 banana sliced, blueberries or strawberries


Heat milk, add rolled oats. Cook till softened. Add salt and brown sugar.

Remove from heat. Add nestum. Stir. Add fruit.

If preferred, you can use honey instead of brown sugar. Add honey just before adding fruit.

About mumstech
Retired at 40 after working in various industries including banking and financial services, oil and gas as well as higher education.Now a stay-at-home mum, cheerleader for husband and son, cleaner, nutritionist, cook, laundry lady, driver, clerk cum administration assistant, public relations, personal assistant... I never knew that squeaky clean floors can give me such satisfaction!

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