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Thinking Thursday: On Being Late (Because it’s expected)

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Image by mpclemens via Flickr

Last week, MFJ detailed her tardiness problem in a Mom Fail I could have easily written myself. Mornings are a mess—evenings are a chaotic dance to get dinner on the table, chores completed and off to nightly activities on time.

It rarely happens.

Except, when it’s expected of me. I have never once been late to my weekly Bible study. Because on the first day, our leader went into great detail how and why she expected us to arrive on time. I have had dinner on the table at a reasonable hour, freshened up after eating and arrived at church with plenty of time to make it up to my classroom.

As for mornings, school starts at 7:50. My children arrive (usually) by 8am. Sometimes, it’s later. There are no tardies at their school and we aren’t the last to arrive. That sort of gives permission to arrive on my schedule. Except, it sends the wrong message to my girls. They need to arrive on time to get settled into their day.

This week, my daughter had an early morning presentation at school she didn’t want to miss. With her prodding, we were up, dressed, fed and out the door with plenty of time to arrive at school early. Only to find out the presentation was postponed. We went through the whole process again the next day—marking what may very well be the first time our girls have been on time twice in one week.

So, clearly, it can be done. The problem isn’t lack of a morning routine. It isn’t a result of chaotic evenings—life with 3 kids produces those en masse. The problem is, it’s just too easy to let loose and give into expectations. It’s hard to get 3 kids out the door at the same time—people understand that so they just expect us to be late.

But, it’s got to stop. I’m making a little extra effort to get out the door on time. I’m adding time to my mornings & getting ready a little earlier. We’re trying to be prepared for things before they happen. Because, you know what’s harder than finding matching shoes for 3 kids when it’s time to leave?

Waiting around for someone to finally show up.

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Heather Sokol is the married mother of many amazing, active children through birth, adoption, and foster care. They have created in her a Sports Mom, Scout Mom, Band Mom, Dance Mom, Allergy Mom & avid coupon clipper. Is that miscellaneous enough for you? She shares her deals & tips at Inexpensively.com and reports progress on learning to be a grownup at JustHeather.com. justheather tagged this post with: Read 94 articles by

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  1. You should see my house at 5:45am. With 5 kids running around, one sock always lost, one shoe always lost, hidden backpacks ect., I often find myself tardy! It’s like a mad house here in the morning even when I get everything ready the night before.

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