The early mornings, late nights and frequent wake-up calls that came with parenting were definitely a rude awakening for me. I’ve never been a morning person. I’ve never really been too much of a night owl either.
I could more accurately be described as a “two or three hours in the late morning/middle of the day” person.
Coffee is a MUST HAVE in my house in the mornings. I set it up the night before so I can simply flip the switch when I get up with Emily and then have a fresh brew by the time I am done nursing and cuddling her, and am ready to get into the shower. Yes, I take my cuppa with me into the bathroom.
So, I totally get the grouchy morning thing.
But my son, Jack, who is six and a half, has RAGE mornings. Not every morning, but every once in a while. He wakes up sweet enough with a sleepy dusted “Hi, Mama,” but then around the time he has to get dressed, things go awry. Every little transition is arduous and angry. Putting on socks is a Herculean task.
When his father or I offer our loving assistance, we are yelled at, called names, and have the bedroom door slammed in our face. Consequences for this behavior has not seemed to help very much, and if implemented during the morning rage hour, only serve to enhance the terror.
Sometimes eating breakfast helps. Other times the irritability continues right out to the bus.
I know mornings are the bane of the working mom’s existence. And I’ve never been a morning person, so I understand Jack’s grumpiness. But man oh man! I just wish we could have picturesque and peaceful mornings here!
Talk to me! Do you have a ragey kid in your house in the morning? How do you handle your morning routine to minimize frustration and fury?!