Sad dad moment

My husband was pretty upset yesterday morning when on the way to school my daughter told him that all he ever does is moan at her. He messaged me once he had dropped her to say he’d had this ‘sad dad moment.’

Anyone with kids will know what a rush it is getting them out of the house in the morning and to school on time. Good intentions, planning, it all goes out the window when little people are involved!

You didn’t choose their favourite breakfast cereal, shoes can’t be found, toothbrushes are wielded as swords, the postbox must be checked, dogs hugged, instructions given to take care of the little mister because he will miss her while she’s at school, another round of high-fives, forgotten library book bags, recycling day, and yet another round of hugs for everyone. It’s a logistical nightmare, and as a result I will admit there is a fair share of moaning in the mornings.

Yesterday afternoon I set out the clothes for the morning, and I packed the school bag with her ballet gear for today too. Now if only I could find that missing shoe we may just be on track for less moaning and a more timely departure!

Do you have any tips or tricks that help your family get ready in the morning?


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  • Reply Mariam September 8, 2017 at 10:20 am

    I can relate! Been having sad mum moments too often. My daughter didn’t say anything (yet) but I see the look in her eyes when she has something exciting to share but I’m in such a rush that I abstractedly “A-ha” or “mmm” in reply. Or I’m impatient during one of my many rushes. Got to remind myself to slow down…

    • Reply Lisa Trollip September 8, 2017 at 8:23 pm

      Thanks for sharing Mariam. It’s hard to slow down in these busy lives we lead, but we have to keep reminding ourselves or else we will miss those special moments.

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