8 Stressful Things We’ve All Faced In The Morning
1. Rise and shine
No matter what time you set your alarm clock to go off in the morning, they always know. You think you can out smart the little feckers by getting up that little bit earlier to have your wake-up coffee before the pandemonium starts, but they can sense it. In no way, shape or form, are you, as a parent, allowed alone time.
2. “10 minutes to get ready? I can do that.”
Between getting the small ones ready to go, making breakfast, overseeing that they actually eat their breakfast, tidying up after (you don’t want to encourage fruit flies with food lying around while you’re gone) and making the school lunches - that leaves you with a maximum of 10 minutes. The trick is to have “ready made” stylish outfits planned out in your head and keeping the make-up to a bare minimum, which for me means layering on a bit of mascara and smooching with a stick of labello.
3. “Oh you don’t want to wear these jeans?”
Once they hit the age of three, kids tend to have a strong opinion of what they want to wear. They become stylish (read: awful) little fashionista’s and love to combine the worst (and I mean wooorsstttt) outfits ever. They’re bound to become outlandish little designers someday, but for now, you’re sick of people looking at your kids and thinking they got themselves dressed. In the dark! A small tip from one mother to another; provide them with options that you have pre-selected. That way they feel like they’re still in control and don’t have to leave the house looking like their home is a tattered old box under the local viaduct.
4. No matter how much time you slot in for the kids to eat their breakfast...
They always need more. Kids can eat a bowl of cereal in 5 minutes flat. And that’s even with time over to rearrange all the dinosaurs for a battle (Tyrannosaurus Rex vs. Carnotaurus). But when you’re in a rush on weekdays (which literally means Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday) they can take at least an hour munching away on soggy flakes. That’s why I usually always give them breakfast to-go. Now don’t go giving them Cornflakes in the car. Imagine the mess after hitting a few (ridiculously placed) speed bumps.
5. “Keys! KEEEYYSSSSSS!
For feck sake who took my keys??!!” Well, it’s your own fault now isn’t it? Who puts their shiny, sharp thingamajiggies lying around on the hall side table? That’s asking for trouble. Why not just hang a sign saying ‘Please mess with me’. Hang these things up, people. Out of their reach. And don’t have a stool positioned anywhere near the key holder. They will climb it. Some call this making your home “child-friendly”. Bullshit. Call it what it is; childproof!
6. Oh. and now you can’t find your phone?
Well now, let me just refer you back to number 5.
7. Okay, so now you’re ready to leave the house?
Kids are fed and presentable. Lunches are made. Kitchen is tidy. You have make-up and a bra on (bonus points). As you’re grabbing your bag you realize you’re shaking. You were so rushed off your feet catering to everybody else you completely forgot to have a bite to eat. And nobody likes a hangry mom in morning rush-hour traffic. Always have granola bars or even dextro energy tablets stocked in your handbag.
8. ‘”Get out of the way!”
There’s always that one driver you’re stuck behind. The one that’s completely oblivious to the fact that the whole country is rushing to school and work. But noooo, they have all the time in the world to reach there destination, which is probably Tesco’s because they like the way the shops are nice and quite in the morning. But in fairness to them, there is nothing more stressful than doing your weekly shopping on a Friday afternoon.
Can you relate? Let us know in the comments!