Sunday, March 22, 2009


Lately our mornings have been such a bummer.

My children have been waking up grouchy and whiney. I don't know about you but I have always felt strongly that people who whine should be immediately punched in the throat.
This is a problem when the people are your children.

So I am trying to analyze what might be the source of this.
I think it might be - dare I say it - my parenting. I have been slacking in the mornings for the last few months. Cosmo is 3.5 how and is no longer in need of 24/7 supervision. So in the mornings, I have been letting the kids go down to the playroom and watch a kidshow or play a video game every morning when they get up. This has allowed me an additional 30-45 minutes of sleep.
However, I thought back and remembered the not-so-distant-past when I was getting up with them every morning and starting the day off with a morning routine.

Get dressed for the day
10 minutes of yoga
Sit in a circle and have a morning prayer
Bow to one another and say, "God Bless You."

As I thought of this simple routine, I realized that perhaps it is the lack of structure that gets my kids off to a rocky start in the mornings. I am planning to start the routine again tomorrow morning.

I will keep you posted....


ziondreamer said...

Oops - didn't getter done this morning...
Try again tomorrow.

Dana said...

You can do it!!!

steve and randel hambrick said...

boy- giving up that extra 45 minutes of sleep is a tough one. sorry :(

ziondreamer said...

Ok, it has been three days.

Things are going well. But yesterday, my theory did not hold up. We had a great time of yoga and morning prayer.
Then immediately when we were done, Whitby threw a fit and then Cosmo followed it up with a doozy 5 minutes later.
Commentary from Bethany our Nanny:
"I think it does help their general attitude throughout the day though".
Maybe it's just routine that they need.
Unfortunately, I've never even been able to give myself a consistent routine!

georgia girl said...

I absolutely laughed at this post. Thank you SO MUCH for your honesty! We should have been better friends in Wilmore when we had the chance. :)

georgia girl said...

I just realized that I didn't sign my name....

Tara H. Lowry