Best laid plans… You know the rest. Planning for mornings is almost impossible with kids. And I’m not here to offer you tips and tricks. I’ve tried them all, as have you. And I know all about your plans.
I know that you stayed up later than you wanted packing lunches, prepping breakfast and laying out clothes. I know that you think if you get up 30 minutes earlier and are ready before the kids wake, that it will all go smooth.
You know what else I know? It almost never works out like that. At least not at our house. In fact, most mornings:
- I oversleep because I’ve been up at least once with at least one kiddo.
- One or more of my kids manages to make a bodily fluid mess within the first 10 minutes of their being awake. It’s a fun game of hide and seek first thing in the morning. Where’s the booger? Probably on your clean and pressed pants.
- I fight with my 4 year old about what to wear. Even if we have agreed on something the evening before. Red plaid Christmas pants are apparently very in style this time of year. I would let it go… but I can’t. I just can’t.
- I attempt to brush my daughter’s hair. This requires holding her legs down, putting her in a light headlock, and bribing her with breakfast candy. I do what I have to do. Even then her hair is barely acceptable.
- We attempt to brush teeth. The oldest has this down. The others just eat the toothpaste.
- My husband has gone out of his way to prepare breakfast. The oldest declares it “yucky” and the other two refuse to give it a chance. Even if it is was their favorite yesterday. Granola bars are served as a backup.
- My husband leaves me for “work”. I put this in quotes because the next 30+ minutes of trying to get the kids into the car and to school is much harder than any other work he could be doing.
- I finish up packing lunches, put backpacks on kids, sing the line up song and everyone lines up and waits for me.
- I forget my shoes. And keys
- I look for keys for 5 minutes and find them in Batman’s house (cave, whatever). Or worse, exactly where they should be. On the hook.
- I line everyone up AGAIN at the door, find my coffee and have a quick pep talk with them about walking directly to the van so we can get in our car seats like big boys and girls.
- I chase 2 out of the 3 kids down the play structure. I’m too old for this.
- I sweet talk the kids into getting into their seats only to have one tell me they need to pee, have peed or pooped, or that they are hungry or thirsty.
- Take care of above needs and FINALLY leave the driveway.
As I was writing this, I was smiling. At the time all of the above is occurring, it stinks. Mornings are hectic. And if you have a meeting or deadline, you can pretty much guarantee that it will be harder.
Plus, I don’t have any super effective tips or tricks. You would think after countless mornings of getting the kids this close together I would have it down to a science. I don’t. But I would like to offer this piece of advice: laugh. Finding a shoe in the freezer is kind of funny the first few times. Watching your kid grow into their own person with likes and dislikes – even red plaid likes – is super precious. Having your daughter prefer her hair in her face because it tickles her nose is silly. And the moments pass so fast!
What does a morning around your house look like? Do you have any great advice for making it easier to get everyone moving? Can you relate to my mornings? Let me know. I love to hear from you!