I’m not sure why this is. We have had the same morning routine since my eldest started school and she’s currently in Year 5 so there’s been plenty of time to adapt. It’s not like all of a sudden we have to make the bed, eat breakfast, wash face, clean teeth…there’s nothing new here!
So why is it so difficult? Every morning it’s the same thing..
Have you made your bed? No.
Have you cleaned your teeth? No.
Oh my god! WHY THE HELL NOT?
I try not to yell, I really do.. I have even tried saying to myself before I get out of bed ” have more patience this morning and don’t yell, they don’t care, it only bothers you.”
It doesn’t work. I still yell. It’s the same thing every morning until they are dropped off at school. Then I am left with the little one, we do the coffee run and then everything is harmonious once more. And then I start to think.. What can I do to make this process easier? The answer is nothing for the simple fact is… It’s not me, it’s them.
Even as I am writing this the eldest two are screaming at each other over those bullshit loom bands. Who invented those? More to the point, why did I think they were a good idea? *insert sarcasm*
Oh these are a good idea, they will love these, they won’t fight over these if they both have an identical set each and there will be absolutely no sharing required!
It seems there is nothing this pair won’t fight over. I was raised an only child so I just don’t get this constant need to fight! My husband, who is one of four, assures me this is completely normal and at times when I am ready to just give in and watch them kill each other he starts up with an inappropriate giggle and walks off. So to say I am pleased to have six short hours of somewhat peace is obviously an understatement.
Once they are home from school we have the inevitable “what can I have to eat?” question, and still to this day I struggle with this one. I don’t want them to have rubbish, nor would I ask them to have a piece of fruit (they have already had their 2 pieces of fruit at school and clearly 1 more piece would lead to a horrible convulsion of some description and is not even open for discussion.)
In comes eggs. My kids love eggs. I have found a recipe that is great for the afternoon as it fills them up, and even has a sneaky serve of veggies thrown in there as well. It’s easy and if you’re up for it they can even help you make it. That, however, is completely up to you!
Til next week, stay sane 😉