Sometimes, when I go to bed at night, I’m already dreading the morning. Not because I need more sleep or we’re running late for school…but because our morning routine is not working.
My boys whine. All.Morning.Long. They whine about breakfast choices. They whine about getting dressed. They whine about going to school. It’s exhausting and our day usually begins with tears; mine and theirs.
I’ve altered our routine so they eat as soon as they wake up, hoping the rise in blood sugar would raise their spirits. We allow plenty of time for everything that needs to be done in the morning (you know, like putting clothes on) and everything they want to do in the morning (read, play trains, help Daddy with his tie).
My husband and I have teamed up, each getting one child dressed to help alleviate some of the frustration. I listened to the webinar on discipline for suggestions. We follow the same routine every morning. We make lunches at night. We’ve created a reward system. They won’t sleep longer no matter how hard we’ve tried to make that happen.
And yet, nothing is working. Each transition is more painful than the next until we find ourselves yelling and rushing to catch the bus. I’m tired of starting each day like this and am desperately looking for suggestions. How are mornings at your house and how do you make them run smoothly?