My kids make me late… for everything! Prior to having children, I was a very punctual person. I prided myself on my punctuality as I believe very firmly that everyone should be on time. My thought is and always has been that when you are running late and fail to even alert the person with whom you are meeting, you are telling that person that you believe their time is less important than yours. And yet, today, I can rarely get my children out the door on time!
When the BK was first born, I thought, ‘no way is this tiny baby going to make me run late!’ I would prep his diaper bag the night before, and I would get up extra early just to be sure that there was time for any surprises. I thought I really had things down. Then, he got a little bit older and MK came along. There’s something to be said for the convenience of just being able to pick up a baby, strap him/her into their carseat/carrier, and carry them out the door and into the car! Now that my children can walk and talk, I really miss that luxury! I still prep their things every night before heading to bed. I still get up earlier than necessary–most days. So many mornings we have been running ahead of schedule only to have one of the children panic as we’re heading out the door because they either “forgot” to pack a toy or because they need to use the restroom (BK is notorious for this!). We often leave 10 minutes after I had intended to leave, prompting me to constantly wonder where those 10 minutes of my life had gone!
On the plus side, I did just spend an extra 10 minutes with my children. I just wish that I hadn’t spent it yelling!
In all seriousness, if anyone has any tips for getting my little ones out the door on time, I would greatly appreciate it. My kids make me late and something has to change.