My Kids Eat Ice Pops for Breakfast (and I'm Not Apologizing for That)

Turns out, it makes everyone happier.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

When I was in fifth grade, my then-BFF cut her hair to her shoulders and I immediately began begging my mom to let me cut my waist-long hair to my shoulders. She maintained a hard NO, until one day she simply told me she'd been talking with one of her mom friends and had a revelation.

"I need to pick my battles," she said. It was only a haircut, after all.

No, 11-year-old me didn't fully understand what she meant. But now, as a 35-year-old momma of three, I can tell you that's some solid parenting advice: Some fights simply aren't worth having.

Case in point, my kids wouldn't stop hassling me for ice pops. It was every hour of almost every day, I swear, and it was driving me insane.

And one day, I finally said yes — at breakfast.

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Photo by: Matt Armendariz ©2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Matt Armendariz, 2014, Television Food Network, G.P. All Rights Reserved

Now, before you go thinking I'm a pushover, hear me out. It's summer! (And we all know summer isn't long enough.) When you offer your kids these fruity pops, made with fresh strawberries, chia seeds and just a touch of honey, it's a total win-win situation. You can feel good you aren't loading your kids up with tons of added sugars and artificial colors, and your kids will be happy they're eating ice pops!

So go ahead and let your kids enjoy one of the season's best treats as much as possible — and be sure to tell your mom friends.

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