I like to sleep. Particularly in the mornings. I like to lounge in bed and hit the snooze button a good ten times before I begrudgingly make my way to my first cup of coffee.
And, yes, I know I’m grown and I’m a mom and all that stuff. I understand that getting up in the morning is something just about every responsible person does and it’s not a big deal. But I don’t like it. Not one bit.
So needless to say, I sleep as late as I can. Many mornings, I’m actually woken by my 7 year old, after her alarm’s gone off, telling me it’s time to get up and get ready for school.
And so I do. I get up, I get them dressed, help them get ready, get myself ready, and try to get us all out the door by 8 am.
Most mornings it works.
But not always.
And on those mornings when it doesn’t work, I typically become frantic, running around in 15 different directions, scrambling to get papers signed, find library books, and make sure I leave the house with clean underwear on and my cell phone in hand.
And when I get flustered like that, my patience shortens and my nerves frazzle. One little thing can set me off and then I’m yelling at everyone, and before long, Mommy is replaced by a screaming banshee in business pants.
And it can get bad. There have been mornings where all three children and myself have cried before we left the house.
How crappy is that, to know I am responsible to starting off my kids’ days that way, in a crazy, chaotic manner. I hate it, and it makes me feel like a bad mom.
The sad part is, I know how to fix it. All I have to do is get up a little earlier. Have a cup or two of coffee, watch a little bit of the news, and relax before their little feet scamper out of bed.
Or how nice would it be for me to be ready for work by the time they got up? I could be showered, dressed, and have my make-up done in less than 20 minutes, so it’s a damn shame I don’t it.
Well *standing up tall* it’s time. I’m going to do it. I’m going to start acting like a grown-up, and take care of business.
Starting tomorrow, I am getting up early. I am going to start my kiddos’ days off with calm and patience and send them out the door with love.
*After just 5 more minutes of sleep…*
Wish me luck!