Summer when you’re a kid is the best. Summer when you have kids is slightly more complicated. Great, yes, but also busy, tiresome and definitely not a break. Does anyone else with school age kids feel like summer is one of the most hectic times of the year? Coming in a close second to the holidays. Not so coincidentally another time when kids are all out of school.
I thrive on routine. I like to assume my kids do as well, although I’m pretty sure that lately they’re thriving on popsicles, coercing the babysitter into taking them to target and buying as many movies as possible through our cable subscription.
Someone recently asked me what my favorite time of the day is. My answer was 8 am. That’s when my routine starts at work – the time when it’s quiet, no emails are coming through yet and you can sit down, make a to-do list and get ready to conquer the day. But during the summer, 8 am is my least favorite time of day. It’s the time when I’m trying to get Blake and Reese to decide between watching Muppet Babies or Peppa Pig, get their indecisive little minds to settle on a breakfast option while also attempting to look presentable for the day ahead. In short, it’s chaos.
You always read how people set their intentions for the day first thing in the morning. That your morning sets the tone for your day. Well my intention is set by hoping I don’t lose my cool on one of my kids until after they’ve put their shoes on. Seriously, why does putting shoes on have to be such a THING every, single morning? Between that and brushing my kids hair, you’d think I was sending them to a torture chamber all before 9 am. No wonder the rest of the day is such a frazzled mess.