Sound the alarm! School is almost here
It’s 7:45 a.m. and through no preplanned design, my two schoolage children make their way down the stairs, one right after the other.
One lands on the couch with her stuffy and falls back asleep. The other dips a hand into a Cheerios box for a bit of breakfast and sits in the chair across from me.
I think forward to what’s on the horizon and realize we may be a bit doomed.
In a matter of days, I’ll need to get all three kids up, dressed, fed and out the door by 7:20 a.m.
Did I mention the nearly 3-year-old is still asleep upstairs?
It’s not that we’ve had lazy mornings this summer. Afterall, my middle child had to be a dive practice at 7:40 a.m.
But we have fallen into the summer trap of being slow in the mornings. If my son wasn’t quite ready to go before dive practice, I left him at home with daddy, dropped off my daughter, and returned to pick him up before my husband left. If my daughter didn’t eat breakfast, she ate after practice.
But school’s almost here and that means it’s time for a change. I gave my daughter an alarm clock earlier this week. I need to get one for my son. Maybe I’ll run practice drills the next week and instill a 7 a.m. wake up time (cue witch cackle and the rubbing of hands – Ha! Ha! Ha! Ha!).
Bedtime for certain needs to move up about 45 minutes. The next day’s clothes need to be picked out before prayers. Lunches need to be packed.
I won’t have much wiggle room this year with the kids now doing a before-school tutoring and computer program, but I know it will be worth it.
Now, can I get fewer tardies than last year?