First, let me acknowledge that I am enough of a spendthrift and an old-fashioned person to not only get the New York Times delivered daily to my house (paper form!), but also to read it over breakfast and read various interesting points out loud to whomever is near. Yes, of course this is an irritating habit. And I know that Twitter has now taken over this role in the world, but if you ask me twitter and breakfast do not mix.
All of which is to say: I read during breakfast. Therefore, it puts me in a weak position with regards to forbidding my children to read at breakfast. But as most parents know, reading a book at breakfast is invitation to falling down the warm welcoming well of things-that-don't-involve-getting-ready-for -school. And given the speed at which people in my house move, there really isn't time for any of those things.
So what's the responsible thing to do? Give up my own morning paper? Impossible. It would break my heart.
Read my paper while the children suffered bookless? I don't know if I have the stomach for it.
Carry on in our current fashion, which involves everyone reading through breakfast and then all of a sudden realizing what time it is amid a lot of rushing and stressing and yelling along with unpleasant screeching from me when I realize someone has holed up in the bathroom reading and is, in fact, not yet dressed or even close to ready.
Is this crazy? There must be a better way, but I cannot imagine it. It can't be to ban breakfast reading, can it?