A friend and fellow blogger recently posted about how hectic and crazy a typical day as a working mom can be. It's always nice to know you're not the only scrambling every day to get everyone where they need to be on time...
As some of you know, my son Memphis is autistic. It should then come as no surprise that our days go much smoother when we are organized. (he thrives on routine!) I can get ready pretty quick, but with a child on the spectrum a routine is not only beneficial but extremely important. We had gotten off track for awhile (hitting the snooze button, not having lunches ready, etc) and our mornings were hell. No point sugar-coating it... I was just being lazy. How any of us succeeded in geting to school & work on time was a miracle.
A month or so ago I had no choice but to buckle down. It took me about 10 minutes to prepare a ''weekday morning'' and ''after school'' routine and it's been working really well. It's funny, but a simple visual reminder in front of us has pretty much saved the day (and my sanity!).
My alarm goes off at 6:30... I allow myself 1 ''snooze'' before I get out of bed and into the shower. It's really important that I be almost 100% ready before I even think of waking up the kids. By the time I've showered, done my makeup/hair and gotten dress it's time to start waking the kids. Usually, this is around 7:00.
Per the ''routine'' they are supposed to be out of bed by 7:15. I talk to them, maybe sing a funny little song as I finish getting ready so they have a chance to stretch and greet the day in.a.good.mood. (nobody likes getting woken up, right?)
Sometimes we've picked their outfits out the night before, but more often than not, we do that together in the morning. Ruby loves getting dressed and I let her wear pretty much anything she wants... as long as it meets the school dress code. Memphis is laid back and usually lets me pick out his clothes for the day. If something doesn't ''feel'' right, he changes.
Our biggest fight in the morning is getting Memphis to take his pills. Once that is done, they eat breakfast and I let them watch TV or play on the laptop until it's time to brush their teeth and get ready to go. We are out of the house by 8:15 and I drop them off at school at few minutes later. I'm usually at work by 8:22 (I start at 8:30)... yay for a short commute!!
Keep your eyes peeled for the next post where I'll go into our after school / evening routine a bit more!
How do your mornings go?