Bad mornings happen. It helps to plan for great mornings but I think we all have a bad morning once in a while. We seemed to have a rather long run of bad mornings right before Christmas break. I think burnout can sometimes lead to bad mornings. They can certainly start your day off on a rather sad note. It is always so hard to have sent the boys off to school when we’ve had a harried, hurried, horrific morning of push and pull and yell and tell.
Take Five: Set the timer for 5 minutes and take a few, deep breaths or do something to relax. Let the kids have 5 more minutes to do whatever they are doing whether it be sleeping or some other stalling tactic.
Tell Jokes: I mentioned up there that we had a run of bad mornings prior to Christmas break. I found a site that had Christmas jokes and somehow sharing my Christmas joke of the day with the boys seemed to lighten all our moods even when the jokes were truly awful and met with eye-rolling.
Make something fun and different for breakfast: This one helps with the winter blah as well. We usually have the same basic fare around here but sometimes I’ll serve the boys hot chocolate on colder mornings. If I make Swiss Miss packets with milk, I figure it counts as semi-nutritious breakfast item.
Accept it and slow down a bit. Sometimes thing improve drastically once I just accept that we are going to be late and stop shouting out orders. We just go ahead and get ready as if we were somewhat on time. Amazingly enough, sometimes that actually helps us get out the door faster. We’re still late but instead of being frazzled and 15 minutes late, we end up calm and only about 5 minutes late.
Plan for a great afternoon. Sometimes there simply is no recovery from a bad morning. The frustration simply won’t stop boiling over. You can’t take enough deep breaths before it is time to leave. When that happens, I do a few things. If the morning is particular rough for J, I will often e-mail his teacher to let her know. I then start planning for a better afternoon. I’ll plan to make a nice after school snack. I generally don’t have fresh-baked cookies waiting for the boys after school. I’m not that mom no matter how much I sometimes wish I were her.
What do you do you salvage your mornings and days when things get off to a bumpy start?