During the "school year," our morning routine is enjoyable (breakfast and a morning walk) albeit slow-paced. Well, a more accurate description might be snail-paced. In fact, the girls can drag out eating a plate of fruit and a bowl of oatmeal for hours. My oldest, in particular, is a major slow-poke. She is always the last one down in the morning, throwing on a t-shirt and shorts can take her 45 minutes, she is the slowest eater - and I mean slow, and it somehow takes her forever to clear her place. And then she has to brush her teeth... sigh. I really think she could win an Olympic medal in Dawdling. I've taken to setting the timer for 20 minutes so that they finish their food and we can be on our way.
This week, the girls are attending a local summer camp. My husband is taking them on his way to work and, naturally, he cannot be late so if a girl isn't ready when he's leaving, she stays home. The girls are somehow able to be dressed, beds made, backpacks packed, hair brushed, sunscreen applied, and finish their fruit and cereal in a timely manner.
I realize that I need to change our regular morning routine so that we are as efficient as they've been the past few days. I can't quite pinpoint the error of my ways - what has led to such a lackadaisical morning affair? Hmmmm. I don't want to be rushing to "beat the clock," but I can't take an hour or an hour-and-a-half for breakfast every day. It delays our entire day. Must think on this and see where we're going wrong.... the routine is not so enjoyable when I have to harp on children to "finish up!"