Good metaphor for life you might think, I certainly do. However, in this case I’m talking about the school run. I honestly don’t know why Monday to Friday mornings are so hellish in our house, or maybe I do.
I can almost hear the reader saying, be more organised, lay down some ground rules, get up earlier, get your kids to take responsibility, get everything ready the night before, have a good routine. The list goes on. I always have their bags ready the night before. I only need to add a bottle of tap water to each bag cause they have school dinners. I get their uniform out the night before and make sure that everything extra that they are going to need is ready the night before, ie PE kits, permission slips, reading books. This is precisely why I struggle to understand why we have such problems. I will always maintain that I don’t mind week days with the exception of the school run.
Unfortunately the crux of it is that the boys do not go to sleep easily, so therefore do not get up easy. Older boy is the worst here and today I had to physically drag him out of his bed onto the landing twice, As he is not that far from being as tall and heavy as me, I am lucky that my back and shoulders are still intact. This is something that we are working on, but isn’t helped by both boys taking after their Dad and not needing a lot of sleep. It’s not my fault, I need lots of sleep.
Secondly, the boys are lazy. They are not self-disciplined and motivated. I have followed through on threats to tell their teachers to no avail. Today I left with younger boy and said that older boy could make his own way to school and explain why he was late. In my absence, his Dad agreed to take him to school. I was not pleased about this but did understand Dad’s reasons. I have nevertheless insisted that from now on we will present a united front.
The final (major) problem is breakfast. I’m sure I’ve mentioned before that neither boy is exactly stupendous at eating a healthy diet. At breakfast time this reaches a whole new level of difficulty. Older boy will not eat cereal, eggs, cereal bars or yoghurt. I have tried various variations and have even resorted to croissants and similar. Sadly he changes his mind like the weather. For a few months he was happy to eat chocolate spread on toast but now even this is a bit hit and miss. Indeed he has even refused to eat it if there isnt’ enough chocolate spread on it. I will keep looking for ideas and in the meantime he might grow out of it. Then again pigs might fly.
If anyone has opened this thread hoping for tips on how to make mornings less stressful, I apologise for not having any. They only thing I can say is that you will survive and one day the school run will just be a distant bad dream. Just maybe with a bit of determination and extra motivation, things can get better.