Hyde and Jekyll

Some mornings, I feel like I’ve done a full day’s work before I even get to my office.  Mornings seem to be a battleground in our house.  Pearl, particularly, is not keen to get up, get dressed, or eat breakfast.  Every morning she insists that she’s not going to do any of those, nor is she going to school.  I expend a lot of energy chivvying her along, and we are nearly never in the car by our “expected departure” time.

The other two can be difficult, too.  Babess has recently been resisting getting dressed at all, refusing to choose clothes and going alternately stiff and limp when we dress her anyway.  Fainjin can be grumpy, stomping and yelling.  Pearl’s recalcitrance is merely the icing on the cake.  She can get herself ready to go, she just won’t.  And she talks back while she’s not getting ready.

Eventually, we get them all in the car and strapped into car seats and seat belts.  There are arguments and sniping, whining and bickering.  Then – just two minutes later – we get to school.  I let Pearl out and hand her her school bag.

As soon as she is out of the car, she is a different child.  “Bye bye, Mummy, I love you.  Have a good day!” – and she’s happily skipping off to her classroom, having given me an extra kiss, “For Daddy – tell him to share it with the babies!”

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One Response to “Hyde and Jekyll”

  1. leechbabe Says:

    Mornings are such a nightmare in our house. I need an hour after everyone has left to recover.

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