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Why am I such a mess in the mornings as a parent?
I have to confess that although I may look put together some days (it must be a day that I actually have somewhere to be), I am a huge freaking mess in the mornings.
I’m not completely sure of the reason (although I’m certain there are many), but I do know it starts with the fact that I generally operate on very little sleep. I also have had a strong dislike for early mornings from back when I was a teen.
My kids are no longer babies (they will turn 14 and 8 this year), so you would think I should be a pro by now at getting up early in the morning and prepared for the day. I need to share with you that I am definitely failing in this parenting category.
Let me give you some insight into my messy mornings. Maybe you will even have some tips to help me change them.
2. Then we have to physically drag my son out of bed. (I’m not quite sure where he gets it from…)
3. Next I rummage through the laundry basket in search of one of my daughter’s favorite shirts (since I most likely forgot to finish the laundry the night before).
4. We then head to the kitchen where I proceed to feed my kids whatever stale cereal we might have, until I check the fridge and realize that there is no milk (oh well kids, you better put some orange juice on that cereal).
5. During breakfast is often the time my son likes to ask me to sign various forms, tests he “forgot” to show me, and also ask for money for something, all of which I need to get done within the next 5 minutes before he misses his bus. (This always makes me so happy when he does this.)
7. Finally everyone is dressed (except me) and ready to head out the door, with only about 5 minutes to spare. My daughter decides that this is the perfect time to use the bathroom and my son realizes that he has yet to brush his teeth.
8. Now my son has missed the bus, since it takes him FOREVER to brush his teeth. Guess who gets the pleasure of driving him in to school? Lucky me. (Remember how I am still in my pajamas?) I rush to throw on whatever I wore the day before, drive my son to school and barely stop the car as he runs out so he doesn’t miss the bell.
Did I mention that as I drive away from my son’s school I turn around and notice his lunch sitting carelessly on the backseat of my car?
Back to school I go…
I finally get home, or to my office at work after a messy morning, and I usually sit down and shed a few tears because I feel so guilty that our mornings are often crazy, rushed, messy and include a ton of me yelling at my kids.
Wouldn’t you think after all of the craziness and drama of our mornings I would want to get up early like my friend Lashawn from Everyday Eyecandy who wakes up at 4 Am each day?
Wouldn’t you think by now I would have implemented some sort of system to make our family’s mornings easier and happier?
That would be the smart thing to do in order to preserve my sanity for the rest of the day.
I need to pull it together in the morning so that I can stop asking myself why am I such a mess in the mornings as a parent.
Please leave a comment with your best tips for being organized and getting ready in the mornings, so I can stop having messy mornings and help my family have a better start to our day.