This week has been crazy for getting kids out the door to school. I’m not even asking for on-time and organized at this point! LOL!
Tell me if this sounds like your house. The alarm goes off. You, mom, need 10 more minutes. You hit the snooze alarm until that make or break point of “If I don’t get up now, we’ll ALL be late”. Then you walk into the kid’s room. Waking them up is like talking to the wall. No one wants to get up, except maybe the dog because they want to go out. Child #1 finally gets up. On to Child #2 (almost like a wash, rinse, repeat). Now they’re moving and it’s your turn.
The warm water hitting your skin makes you want to take the longest shower possible. It feels good. But you only have time to do the basics. Shaving your legs will have to wait until tomorrow. Dry time. I don’t know what your routine consists of, but there is time for dressing, and changing a shirt once or twice to get the right look for today. Brush your teeth, do your hair, moisturize, make up and deodorant (not my order mind you!). You can face the day.
Running downstairs, one child (we’ll call the good one!) is ready. Child #2 is a lump on the couch. Still in PJs, no breakfast and if you’re lucky, the book bag was packed last night. You look at the clock and you have 10 minutes.
In my house, I bribe good child with driving to school instead of taking the bus if they take the dogs out while I get Child #2 ready. Now it’s the fast pace of finding clothes… excuse the fact that the clothes are in the dresser, or the dryer, or more likely in the laundry basket folded. But it’s the specific shirt that is wanted. Mom gives it the old college try to find it (or your SOL!). Mom saves the day. Always. Child #2 is dressed and getting shoes on. Mom grabs mini-muffins and says “Let’s Go!”. Child #2 eats in the car with the usual complaints of “I’m still tired.” but we make it to school on time. A few words of encouragement and a big “I love you, have a great day” before the door slams shut and I’ve done it. We made it. All without a drop of precious coffee. Child #1 gets dropped off, as promised, and then it’s the commute to work.
Not everyday feels this way. Some days I’m surprised and kids are dressed and ready to go before I’ve even gotten out of the shower. But where is the fun in that. LOL!
But I can’t be the only one. I think the worst part is that it’s only October. We still have the winter months to deal with (when no one wants to leave the house because of the cold). This is why I enjoy the single Monday holidays off. It’s like freedom to not be bound by the morning routines!
I think I need a nap already….