Becoming a parent who smiles when you keep falling into the same old patterns
"Kids kids kids! It's time to get up my lovely children!
What starts as a whisper, gradually becomes a perky scream, as I notice that my two "bundles of love" are hardly hearing my voice under their still strong sleep.
At some point, I finally manage to actually wake them up and take them to the breakfast table.
We worked on our morning routine, and used so many of the positive parenting strategies here and there.. Yet, here we are : both kids in their pajamas, running again under their duvets when we only have 20 minutes to leave and be on time to school.
My daughter's staring at her drawer, lost in her own thoughts.
"Honey, you'll have to go to school in your pajamas if you don't get dressed, I'm leaving in 15 minutes.
"But I'm too cold mom! I want you to dress me! I want to be with you."
All this, while her younger brother is crying that he doesn't want to go to school, he doesn't want to brush his teeth, and I don't recall what else he didn't want to do by the way.
What does it take?
The purpose of this article is NOT to give you yet another very useful list of techniques or sentences you can use to survive to morning prep.
It is to show you that even when you do know plenty of these, you still have to adapt them to you, your kid and the specific situation you're in.. a never ending journey.