Every morning begins the same way. The big kids come into my room when they wake up, anytime between 7:00 and 7:25am. Lauren has been awake since 7:00am usually but she plays quietly in her crib so there is no need for me to get up before that. The big kids crawl in bed with me and we snuggle for just a couple minutes. We talk about what the day has in store for us, whatever. Then it's breakfast, get dressed, brush hair, brush teeth, put on shoes, and leave. I make a hot breakfast 2 or 3 times a week, otherwise it's cereal, fruit, granola bar - whatever. Their clothes are out the night before. Their shoes are always to be put back in the same place every night when they take them off. Yet, still, the mornings are kind of crazy. Why? We have to be out the door at 8:20am so we have usually 45 minutes at least for all of these things to take place. It seems to me that should be plenty of time.
Since I have everything prepared, I tell them that I am there to help them get ready for school, not to do it for them. I only have so much encouragement and patience and every morning it's used up by about 7:45am. Just one day I'd like to be spared the oh-shit-hustle at 8:15am after 30 minutes of telling them to get it together.
I can't wait for the morning when I'm not standing at the door saying, "I'm leaving! Is anyone coming with me?"
Are mornings crazy for you, too?
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