Do you remember what mornings used to be like before kids? You could get up late – or early if you chose.
You could watch whatever breakfast news program you wanted – not Peppa Pig.
And you could leave the house stress free.
No running back two, three, nine times, for forgotten items.
No nagging, cajoling and yelling at small people to brush their teeth and find their sports shoes and put some knickers on today please.
No constant battle over what to have for breakfast.
No you may not have ice-cream.
No, you cannot have cake and ice-cream for breakfast. Image: Pexels.
No searching high and low every Wednesday morning for library books borrowed a week ago and buried down the back of a sofa by Thursday afternoon.
No in-a-frenzy rushing.
Can you remember those mornings?
Fast forward to mornings with kids and I am sure you will agree with me that once you combine work, school, a day care drop-off and a busy family with before, during and after-school activities, mornings are the most stressful times of the day.
I didn’t imagine it would be like this.
When I first had kids I had hopes of Zen-like mornings that ran as smooth as clockwork. Of obedient children who happily rose and dressed themselves in neat quirky clothing and cheerily packed their own day care bag before sitting down to a wholesome breakfast at a table I’d laid the night before.
Who knew it would be a whirlwind of where’s-my-school-shoes and I-need-to-finish-my-project and we’ve-run-out-of-milk-again and does-anyone-anyone-at-all-have-my-library-book…all topped off by breakfast consumed in the car.
I know I’m not alone.
"I didn’t imagine it would be like this." Image: STX Entertainment, Bad Moms.
In fact, psychologists studied the cortisol levels of mums and found that they had the highest levels of the stress hormone in the morning - while dealing with the breakfast rush.
Most mums say it’s not just the getting everyone ready, feeding them and coordinating where and when everyone needs to be, but that mental checklist of who-needs-what is the most taxing.
Five out of five mornings a week my kids need to be somewhere by 7.30am, whether its day care, band practice, soccer training, before school care or the school tennis club. It’s an early start each day.