For as long as I can recall I have never been a morning person. Despite waking up sometime in the 5 o’clock hour for most of high school and even into college because of various obligations, I never enjoyed being an early riser.
Starting when we moved to California I was finally able to sleep in as late as I wanted for the most part. Even when Peanut started preschool it was only two or three days a week and if Wingnut and I couldn’t manage to get ready, too, it was no big deal. This school year I have two kids who both need to be to school at 9. They both need to be dressed and have their hair done and have eaten breakfast. It makes for stressful mornings. Especially since Wingnut is also not a morning person and resists every prod to move it along. I end up yelling a lot.
Have I mentioned I’m a yeller? I wish I weren’t but I am. I think, perhaps, it’s part of my Blue personality. Blue’s feel it’s very important to be understood. When my kids ignore me after telling them for the 6th time to *insert mundane instruction such as eat your food or brush your teeth* I start to think that obviously they aren’t understanding me and maybe it’s because they aren’t hearing me. So I speak louder. And louder. And LOUDER. Before I know it, the 30th time I repeat myself I’m yelling so maybe, just maybe, my voice will pass into their ears, pinball around their brains and actually be comprehended.
As a result, our school mornings don’t really start off on the right foot and after one full week of getting everybody out the door on time, more than a little worse for wear, I’m in need of a change.
Tell me, how do you make your morning routine work? Are you a morning person? Are your children? Also, I’m wondering, are you a yeller, too? How do you deal? Let me know.