If I want our kids’ morning routine to work I have to work the hardest at keeping it together.
Myself first. My tongue, my temper and my temptation to lose it when they can’t find their sneakers because they didn’t put them away in the right place — again. We want to be on time, yes. But on time and frayed around the edges, on time and in tears, on time and relieved to be parting ways is no one’s win-win.
The rush is all mine. I can choose to shelter them from it or not. The clock is all mine. I can choose to dictate from it or not. The rhythm is all mine. I can choose to dance to it or not. Because the melody of any day ebbs and flows around a mother’s mood.
And if I can set my mood by the desire to send them off at peace and full of the knowing that they mattered then they will have a gift to unwrap the rest of the day. Matching shoes or not.
One family night a week that is non-negotiable.
In our house it’s Friday nights. These are pizza-and-a-movie-everyone-stays-home nights. Granted our kids are still young with limited social lives beyond play dates at Chuck-E-Cheese. But on Friday nights we pass on any invitations, we stay home. We reconnect. We laze about and don’t fold laundry or do dishes. We simply be – together – and it’s good for our souls, stomachs and family ties.
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