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
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