Like most mornings, it's a cluster ...
Trying to get the kids motivated to get dressed and then debating the outfits that have already been laid out ... I thought we agreed on this! Surely there's a happy medium between two pairs of pants and no pants.
The dog, of course, poops on the floor in protest. He is protesting short walks, like any of us have time to go all the way around the block!?!
Once that is sorted out, I'm ushering people downstairs.
My goal is to get everyone to the bar eating their breakfast in the next five. Goals are hilarious.
I'm telling the boy to turn around and eat while I'm playing short order chef while people scream for spoons and water.
I tell him to turn around in his seat and eat his breakfast again, as he's just sitting with his back turned to the counter staring into the abyss.
I haven't even had caffeine. I feel him. Five minutes later we are still at base camp staring and I, again, ask him to turn around in his seat and eat his cereal. He's only wearing one sock. There's no question this one's mine.
I'm doing check two on homework and asking if there's anything I need to see or sign. Help me help you!
I give a pep talk on transgressions of yesterday to one of the girls.
I'm reminding everyone that we will not leave our backpacks today. No, not today!
The boy turns around and I remind him he's eating his cereal and he needs to focus and turn back around.
I take a phone call (rookie mistake) and everyone wants me to repeat everything I'm not saying to them. This is a private conversation!
I use the toilet while people ask me how to spell things.
The boy asks for seconds and I ask him how many times I'm going to need to ask him to turn around and eat it?
He replies, "My lucky number is five."
It is at that moment that I understand why some parents snap.
Jen Reekie was born and raised in Quincy and received a communications degree at the University of Kansas, which has come in quite handy as she communicates every day with four children who don't hear a word she says. This stay-at-home mom enjoys the challenge, though, and shares her experiences in this blog, "Mum's the Word." She welcomes your feedback, questions and stories about staying sane while raising kids.