Thanks to the lovely people (particularly Carmel) who contacted me after my last post with helpful suggestions about shoes for my special kidliwink. I have found the perfect pair for Miss Eloise (well perfect for us, she may think otherwise) so I will show you when we get them. My other daughter has completely average-shaped feet but a very overly developed sense of fashion for a 7 year old, so shoes are an issue with her too. She goes to a school with a uniform so the footwear choices are limited (thank goodness) but we still have a battle most mornings.
This morning as I frantically baked a jam and coconut slice for the take-a-plate to school request I had compeltely forgotten about (organised I know!); we had shoe battles again. Maddy decided that the school shoes that fit her last week no longer fit her (she's been working on getting me to buy her some completely age-inappropriate shoes for school and this is part of the ploy) . I have learnt that completely ignoring the subject of shoes and concentrating on mentioning how many minutes we have before we have to get to school before she is late, is the best policy (usually). Now that TV has been banned in the mornings, things are going SLIGHTLY faster in the mornings. It never ceases to amaze me how children can get distracted from their task of getting ready and eating breakfast no matter how hard you try to guide them in the right direction. This morning the rapidly growing cat-kitten was inside so she provided ideal distraction material. I imagine the thought process went something like this:
"Oh. Kitten. Oh, dolls carseat. Hmm, both together - cute. Must chase cat round house and insert her in dolls carseat to achieve cuteness."
|11.25am: Oh well. It's quite comfy. I might just have a nap here.|
At least one of them members of this household has the ability to focus on the task at hand. Good job at napping in the toy dolls car seat Maisy!
What techniques do you use to get the kids out of the house on time in the morning?