A mother in China has proved that she is extraordinary by doing something that most mothers struggle to do – cook different kinds of meals for their children. She has done so by preparing a new dish for breakfast each day for her daughter for over a year.
Xiao Lina has a nine-hour job but she has ensured that her 16-year-old daughter Yaoyao ate a different meal for breakfast every day. She has dished out over 400 varieties so far.
"In the beginning, I wasn't sure how long I could keep making different breakfasts, but it gradually turned into a habit," Xiao, whose kitchen's menu offers not only traditional Chinese food, but a whole lot of different cuisine, told state-run Xinhua news agency.
She does this for the overall health, development and growth of Yaoyao. "Repetitive meals are boring; diversity can make kids happy and give them a good start to the day," she said.
Meanwhile, Yaoyao explained how her mother's unique breakfast encouraged her to perform better in school. "My mom made mushrooms and eggs in the shape of a '100' on the day I had a test. It made me feel a lot more relaxed about the exam, and I did end up getting 100 scores," she said.
Xiao, a resident of Beijing, maintains detailed records of the recipes to avoid repetition. She wakes up at 5am every day to prepare breakfast, the report said. She uses her own recipes as well as turns to friends and the internet for ideas.
For Xiao, the exercise is a way of staying close to her daughter. "When she grows up, she'll go off to college and won't be living with us. So I really cherish the time I can spend with her now. Making breakfast is a good way to stay close to her," she said.
But that's not it. Xiao plans to continue adding to her novel recipes for another three to four years or until at least her daughter goes to the university.