Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Grumping and Tears - To Be or Not To Be

21 of 31 - SOLSC 2018

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Mornings would be fine, if I only had to get myself out the door. 

It isn't that every morning is frustrating. Part of the challenge is that I never know which version of the morning I'm going to face. There are two general scenarios.

Scenario A:
Once I'm out of the shower and dressed I go in to wake up my daughter. I turn on the hall light, open the door, turn of her AC, walk across her room, plant a few kisses on her, and walk out again. After putting sunscreen on my face I re-enter her room, repeat the kisses while adding a pleasant, "Good morning, Little One".  

Many times this is greeted with a grunt or a yanking of the blanket over her head. I then try really hard to not pester, simply letting her know when I head downstairs to make lunches and breakfast.

(There are consequences in place if she isn't ready on time and rewards, if she is. She knows what the expectations are. I should keep my mouth shut!)

Scenario B:
She is awake on her own and downstairs before I even get to her room. (She particularly likes to pile blankets and/or stuffed animals under her covers to make it look like she is still sleeping and sneak downstairs for the grand surprise of it all.)

Know that Scenario A can still end with everyone being ready ahead of schedule and out the door after a generally pleasant morning.

And, Scenario B can still end with it being time to walk out the door and a particular someone is not yet ready and grumpiness, from many fronts, takes place - sometimes with tears.

This morning was a rarity in that I was greeted with a, "Good morning, Mommy!" while I was still in the shower. She and I headed downstairs at nearly the same time. She applied her sunscreen, ate her breakfast, brushed her teeth, put her shoes on, and we were all out the door without any grumping or tears - not even by Daddy!


  1. Yes to all of this! This sounds like one of our mornings! I never know which I'll get. Glad you started this morning on a happy note! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Morning rituals ... and the way they unfold ... these make for great Slices.

  3. My daughter calls her 9 month old, little one so we all have that in our repertoire of greetings now. Mornings are tough for working parents but so glad this one was exceptionally fine.

  4. Hooray! Mornings have so many possibilities in a house with children - it's always nicest when it's sunshine all around. :)

  5. Ahhh, the memories your slice has called forth. ;-) It's a universal truth that the mood that children wake up with usually sets the tone for the entire family. So glad that this morning was a good one!