|It's over and it was wonderful!|
I honestly do feel like the "norm" of our household is calm, stable, and loving. Sometimes I wish I was more "silly"... although, we do love to laugh and think our house is filled with lots of humor and laughter. Amazingly, even our mornings usually run smoothly. This was something from my childhood I wanted to change- I was horrible in the mornings! (Looking back, I think it was fundamentally due to going to bed too late.)
Our kids are usually in bed by 7:30- that is the magical time for us. Mary Fowler will read but Davis is usually out immediately. Then, in the morning, Davis usually does everything he needs to do without any reminders (dressing, making his bed, hair, brush teeth) because when he is done, he usually gets to watch a show or play ipad until we have to leave.
Mary Fowler does pretty much the same- she may want some help with hair but she, too, is very self-sufficient. I hear from friends that getting out the door in the mornings can be their worst. And we had a "rough morning" last Friday. It had been a crazy week and she and I were both stressed and tired! What began as help with a high, side ponytail ended up with both of us yelling. I was so disappointed with myself for not remaining
Luckily, by the time we were in the car heading to school, we had both said our apologies and forgiven each other. But I admit I felt "on edge" for a few hours afterward. And the morning ended up with some really special time with Davis so I didn't feel like a complete failure as a parent! He had an appointment with the ortho doc so he and I went straight there and afterwards had a late breakfast at a little cafe. He ordered two more breakfast sandwiches and as we left, he told the lady that, "You are the best cook ever!" Her face just lit up!
So here is an article I came across for easy reference. Apparently I need frequent reminders! I think my kids would love the "good behavior candle" at dinnertime.