Why, oh why can't he . . .

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Registered: 06-08-2004
Why, oh why can't he . . .
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Wed, 09-15-2004 - 3:06pm

get moving in the morning.

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Registered: 07-11-2003
Wed, 09-15-2004 - 11:25pm
I feel your pain! I'm the only one who uses an alarm clock at my house so I've been known to stand in the middle of the hallway and yell "Everybody GET UP NOW!!!!". DH and both DDs have absolutely no sense of urgency or time. I am fighting an uphill battle, and I probably won't win, but maybe there'll be a truce or an armistice...

I guess in one way you could be happy that he was organizing :)

Last year I made DD get up 30 minutes earlier than she had to in the morning when she started "lolly gagging". I told her that I didn't intend to wait for her or run back from the bus stop for what she forgot, so until she was ready in PLENTY OF TIME, she'd have to get up earlier. I also cannot take stuff to school that she forgets because I work, so if she forgets her homework/lunch/book report, she is without it the entire day with no way to get it. She had to stay in from recess ONE time for forgotten homework, and now she has everything ready the night before.

DD also picks out her clothes the night before and puts all her "to go" stuff together the night before. All she has to do is clean herself off, get dressed, and have breakfast. I still have to remind her almost every day to get her backpack before we leave for the bus stop. I don't know where she thinks she is going, but apparently she doesn't think to take her books...

Don't I sound MEAN? I just can't stand the thought of running around like a nut first thing in the morning. The rest of the day is hectic enough!.

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Registered: 06-08-2004
Thu, 09-16-2004 - 4:31pm

I guess in one way you could be happy that he was organizing :)
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That's so not funny, LOL

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Registered: 08-02-2003
Tue, 09-21-2004 - 10:03pm
Last year DS was teased for needing his Mommy to get him ready for school. He requested an alarm clock. This year he wanted to ride his bike to school so a new deal was struck, lunch packed the night before, clothes laid out on the way to bed, anything forgotten can be picked up at lunch time. Luckily we live 3 blocks from school so that makes life a whole lot easier. With DH working nights and coming home at breakfast time, he's the back up. I admit there are times when I've been up until the wee hours chatting with folks online and have a rough time with that old alarm clock. Turning it on is easy, unfortunately turning it off and rolling over is even easier. ;)

Why did I start this reply in the first place? Oh right. There's a zillion different things to do to cajole (Dear Child) into making life easier in the morning and thus making your life easier too. "Wanna watch your favourite before bed program, have everything you need for school tomorrow set out by your shoes and ready to go." There's always bribes, or making getting stuff together part of the deal to earn allowance. Sure bribery isn't a great way of parenting but there are instances it works.
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Registered: 06-08-2004
Wed, 09-22-2004 - 11:44am
Actually, he bribed himself.