No one should buy boxed pancake mix, and if you do..cease and desist! I used to buy it, and I grew up on Bisquick. Check out the ingredients in a box of that stuff. Bleck!
Making pancakes from scratch is so easy and so fast, anyone can learn in one try. So here is my pancake recipe. I also use this for waffles, with a slight modification. We have one of those little electric waffle makers that makes 2 waffles at a time. For the pancakes, I use a 10 inch iron flat skillet. I prefer the flat ones, as its easier to flip them when you don't have a pan side in the way.
When I make waffles, I usually add a cup of oats, and half again as much baking powder.
The fruit and chocolate is optional, of course, but that is how we like it. I have also added raisins, craisins, frozen raspberries, chopped apples, applesauce, and various flavors of jelly, jam, and preserves.
Experiment with different flavors to keep breakfast interesting.
Stir together and add milk or water. During the summer when the goats are in milk, I use all milk. In the winter when milk is scarce, I add a touch of milk for flavor and the rest water. I can't give a liquid measurement, as you should add and stir until it is the proper consistency. Make the mix a little more liquidy than you think it should be, because as the mix swells with the baking powder, some of the liquid will be absorbed, and it will end up being too dry.
Cook them on medium/low heat, with a cover if you have one. Make sure the pan is hot before you put the mix on. Smaller pancakes turn out better than large ones. Flip them when the edges start to turn color.
By the time you get through cooking you first batch, you will have learned how the mix cooks.
This also could lead to leftovers. These are good cold and good in the toaster. A nicely sweet, yet healthy after school snack too!
I should also mention, I never put chocolate chips in the waffles, as we use our maple syrup with those, since they have the little squares cooked into them. Once, when we were out of syrup, I mixed a couple tablespoon-fulls of liquid honey into the waffle mix. It made them sweet, and was very good.