We all know that morning routines are the toughest.
After years of work, I got the boys “CRAZY” weekday morning routine tidied up.
The rule is simple. Most of the early morning work needs to be finished up the previous evening.
Water bottles packed.
Backpacks packed and left near the door.
Coats left in the coat stand.
Shoes near the door step.
Pants, shirts, socks etc..set out near the shower.
Car keys in a little box…so, we are not looking for it in the morning.
I even threatened some of us in the household with severe consequences (for example, “loss of wifi password”. I know, the chillls ran through your spine as you read those 4 words, did it not? Yep, I can be quite evil if I choose to!) if I ever catch them reading in the restrooms in the morning.
The 12 year old and the 6 year old are doing a phenomenal job of getting ready in the mornings.
Every other day, I catch the “other” grown-up kid falling off the bandwagon and not following the “military-like” routine. Playing with Rainbow. Rubbing her tummy.
Granted, he gets up earlier than me and gets the boys started on their morning routine. But, damn it! Can’t he get in row and follow the “military-like” routine?
If I catch him not following the routine, I am going to be my evil-self next week. If you see him, tell him “Consider yourself warned buddy. If I were you, I wouldn’t mess with her.”
Also, my “turning bad” next week might explain any whiny “I hate her” messages you might hear from him. If that happens, you already know whose side to take. Don’t you? Morning routines are the toughest and the ones that work hard to get the routine in place…need support (pun intended). Remember that when you take sides.
“Life is life’s greatest gift. Guard the life of another creature as you would your own because it is your own. On life’s scale of values, the smallest is no less precious to the creature who owns it than the largest.”
— Lloyd Biggle Jr.
And, in case you are wondering, how the story lines runs in the evenings…
P.S. I love him very much and it is very hard for me to be my evil-self with him. The post is meant to be a fun Friday post to help us all think about morning routines. So, chill. Happy Friday!