From Snooze To Work And The Chaos In Between

My Day Starts At 5.50 am


As a working parent it isn't always easy to get things started early in the mornings, when everybody in the family is tired. Usually I stay up late and sleep late in the mornings, if I'm not working the day after. That's not possible if you start working 7.00 am in the mornings and the children need to be taken to day care before that. Unfortunately that's the reality.


As I was a little girl myself, my parents started working early in the mornings too, and I remember those early mornings I had to get up. They were awful! I promised myself that my children could be able to sleep longer in the mornings, when I started working. Those days do exist, because sometimes I start working in the afternoon and work all nights. Then we can sleep a little longer in the mornings, but most of the days both me and my spouse's work start at 7.00 a.m. So here we go, this is a regular morning in our family:

At 5.50 am my alarm clock/mobile phone wakes me up. I snooze for five minutes. Actually I almost never fall asleep again and turn off ”snooze” on my phone just a minute before the alarm starts ringing again. Now my spouse's alarm clock starts ringing and he snoozes for a couple of minutes.


At 5.55 am I get out of the bed and go downstairs. I let one cat or two cats out. Our third cat always hide somewhere, especially if it's cold outside. I put food and water for my cats in the food bowls.


At 6.00 a.m. I go to the bathroom to do what people do on toilets. I put my contact lenses in and get dressed. This is the time of the day when I'm hoping for a good hair day.


At 6.05 am I tell the rest of the family to get up. I boil water for my morning tea and makes me a couple of sandwiches. Hopefully my spouse and our two children wakes up right away. Mostly the children are very tired and my spouse carries them to the couches and turn the TV on. Then the first fight of the day starts – a fight about who gets to hold the remote control. I know, bad habit to turn the TV on this time of the day. I'm taking the easy way out because of tired children and tired parents.


At 6.10 am my two children watch some cartoons while I'm having breakfast. Sometimes they eat something, too. Sometimes they just want to watch TV. They will have their breakfast in their day care a little later in the morning. It isn't unusual that one of the children wants to eat something when we are about to get dressed and leave in the morning. Those moments I can really feel the stress. We don't have that time in the mornings. To explain that to a 4 year old is like talking to a wall.


At 6.15 am I read the headlines on a couple of newspapers online. If there's time I log into my e-mail account, facebook account and HubPages account. This takes a maximum of 10 minutes while I'm having breakfast. I need to stay updated on what's going on in the world and on my on line accounts. I don't want to miss something "important". This is when I feel that I'm probably a social media addict. I hate the fact that I feel the need to turn on my computer in the mornings even if I have so little time. Please, tell me I'm not the only one.


At 6.25 am I help my children to get dressed before they go to the bathroom. This normally takes about 15 minutes depending on how tired they are and what kind of clothes I have chosen for them. This is when the second fight of the day starts. I'm not sure when a 4and a 5 year old learned what color they like to wear. As a little girl myself I put on the clothes my mom gave to me. Nowadays it seems like it has to be Spiderman, Lightning McQueen or Hello Kitty on children's clothes or they don't want to wear them. Our son wants to wear the colors black, red and green. Our daughter likes pink and purple.


At 6.45 a.m. I hopefully sit in the car with my children and drive to day care. If we aren't in the car yet, I get very stressed. I don't want to be late for work. Thousands of thoughts run through my head at this time. Did I bring everything my children need today? Did I take the banana or yoghurt with me? Do I have my phone and my wallet? Do the children need more clothes with them? Did I brush my teeth? Where are the cats? My spouse usually helps me to get the children in the car if he hasn't already left for work. In the car I try to calm down if we are late. That isn't very easy and instead I tend to drive too fast. Some mornings my spouse takes the children to day care. That's really relaxing – at least for me.


At 6.50 am I drop my children off at day care. This is when they usually have their third fight this morning. They race to the door to see who's first, and the one, who wins closes the door and doesn't let the other one and the mom (me) in to the day care. In these cases they normally stop fighting pretty soon. I tell them goodbye and I will go there again to pick them up at 3.30 p.m.


At 6.55 am I'm back in my car and drive to work. If I'm not late, I can just relax this last kilometre to my work.


At 7.00 am I finally arrive at work. I meet my colleagues and get ready to start working. My work is to help old people in their homes. Half an our later I'm on my way to the first client of the day.


Mommy's working all day long

I'm arriving at work at 7.00 a.m. This picture is actually taken later in the day, when I arrive to work to have a coffee break.
I'm arriving at work at 7.00 a.m. This picture is actually taken later in the day, when I arrive to work to have a coffee break. | Source

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Perspycacious 4 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

I, and so many Americans, have a deep respect for Finns and how heroically you defended your land from foreigners and repaid the world war debts. I pray justice one day returns the lost isthmus, lost as an unfair, face-saving demand by Stalin in return for peace. It's always a "busy day" for any parent worldwide with young children, but that's what we do and why we can take some satisfaction in being good parents.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

So many families split, when young men were sent to fight in the war. A 92 year old man told me that he was called into the war as a 19 year old. He spent five years in war. Many families in Karelia in eastern Finland had to send their children to Sweden or Denmark. Many of the children were confused some years later, when they returned and didn't remember their own parents. It must have been a hard life. Compared to that, I shouldn't complain about the early mornings I have to get up and go to work. Thank you for commenting, Perspycacious.


iamaudraleigh 4 years ago

You are a busy bee! You seem to have your action-packed day down to a science! I have deep respect for working mom's with children. I hope you take time to breathe :)

ps...I like the picture of your workplace. the sky is so blue above the gorgeous, white snow!


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

I'm planning on slowing it down next summer - and only be working. I'm both working and studying right now. I'll probably have my exam as a nurse next year in May. This picture was taken on a cold, beautiful day in January or February this year. :)


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thougtforce 4 years ago from Sweden

I can so relate to this since I start early in the morning too, and always have done so! Now I only have to make sure my daughter is awake when I leave home in the morning but I remember those mad mornings with several dogs, cats, hens and a tired child to dress!

It is a struggle and sometimes I wonder if it is a good way of living! At least for them of us that like to stay up late at night:) Thanks for sharing the morning chaos in your house, it is a special time in our life when there never seem to be enough time!

Tina


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Made 4 years ago from Finland Author

thougtforce, this is something all working parents have to deal with. I know it's just like this for some years. I'm not sure this is the right way to live. Maybe I'd rather sit at home writing hubs and making money, but then I wouldn't meet all the wonderful people I'm working with right now. Thank you Tina.

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