|My precious ones looking so sweet and innocent!|
Oh, I've read all the books, and I have enjoyed fits and spurts of morning rituals. In fact, I was on the bandwagon more so when the kids were younger rather than now that they are two teens, a tween and a snaggle-toothed, (almost) 8 year old. They are big enough to get ready the night before; big enough to go to bed on time; plenty big enough to wake up on time; and certainly big enough to get ready for school in a set amount of time. Yet, we struggle with all of this basically because I tend to live in a cycle of reaction instead of pro-action.
Most of the charts and lists I've read (and even put into practice) have typically been too complicated for our brood. So, today -- while the little darlings were tucked safely away from me and my bitterness -- I started plotting and planning of how to make our morning machine not have as many grunts and groans. I've calculated how long it takes everyone to do certain things in the morning -- including those special children who aren't wired for the early part of the day. Then, I've carefully figured out when each one will be "required" to wake up and what exactly s/he will be required to prepare the night before. Each one knows what to do to prepare for the day (showering, dressing, etc.) and what NOT to do (TV, computer, texting, etc.). So, that's really not the issue. It's simply giving everyone in the house a better environment to start our day -- instead of, "Hurry, hurry, hurry....come on, let's go, go, go!!!"
We'll have a family meeting at some point after dinner and evening activities when I'll unveil the plan (and probably throw in a revisit to the chore chart, too). Then, we'll all live happily ever after. Right? (Yeah, and my closets stay clean and organized after only one upheaval, too.) I'll let you know.