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So, you do it if it’s so easy!

So, what are things like with your kids in the morning?

My kids are currently in the second, fifth and seventh grades.

Every night after they get home from school my kids have six things they have to do: homework, pet chores, pick up their rooms, put away the stuff they’ve dumped in the back entrance way, pack up the things they need for the next day (school and extra curricular) and practice their music.

They also need to eat, shower and get their pajamas on every night – so nine things if you’re counting.

In order to get all these things done in a timely fashion I had to set up a new rule last night. No ‘screens’ (PC, TV – which includes Wii, Gameboys etc.) from Monday until Thursday.

Hubby thinks I’m being unjust.

Hubby doesn’t try and get them up every morning and get them out the door.

If my kids are not organized the night before then I spend my mornings yelling at them to get going and trying to help them find the things they need.

If my kids pull it all together the night before then I actually have time, when they’re in bed, to deal with the tracking down of lost things, and to deal with the stuff that is broken or needs attention. This makes me a much nicer Mom in the morning and the kids a happier group.

Hubby doesn’t seem to get this. He just wants the kids to play Guitar Hero with him at night. But when my kids play on the Wii at night or turn on the TV, NOTHING ELSE HAPPENS.

I’m in a bad mood this morning because I have to be the bad guy on this one. Of course, the kids like their Dad’s stand on this issue much better then mine.

I’m thinking right now that hubby is a part of the problem. I need him to be a part of the solution. You readin’ this hon?

Grrrr.

13 thoughts on “So, you do it if it’s so easy!

  1. I am so with you on this. My husband used to think it unfair for the kids to make their own beds in the morning……cause HIS mom made HIS for him.
    That lasted for about 2 weeks when I made HIM the official maker of the beds each morning. lol!

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  2. I just had the same revelation about my husband. The Toddler hasn’t been eating her dinner because she tries to pre-eat starting the moment we get home. Yesterday Mr. Husband walked in the door and said, “Alexis, do you want to share a Kit Kat with me?” I wanted to kill him.
    You are right. No screens Monday through Thursday is actually a really good idea.

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  3. I don’t see anything wrong with a “no TV during the week rule.” And we had such a rule in place for awhile. And the Huz complained about it almost as much as the GirlChild. Now? We don’t really have time and it’s not an issue. I went to the health club last night after work instead of in the morning and I didn’t have any idea what was on any of the channels or what some of the shows even were. I ended up putting the TV on an old movie and reading that during my work out.

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  4. I don’t see anything wrong with a “no TV during the week rule.” And we had such a rule in place for awhile. And the Huz complained about it almost as much as the GirlChild. Now? We don’t really have time and it’s not an issue. I went to the health club last night after work instead of in the morning and I didn’t have any idea what was on any of the channels or what some of the shows even were. I ended up putting the TV on an old movie and reading that during my work out.

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  5. YES! I love that rule with one exception that the computer is allowed for homework. In public view.
    I don’t know about your 7th grader, but mine is constantly having to write papers for for various classes (mostly language arts).

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  6. I think you’re right (then again, I always got your back). But I do think if that’s what it takes, then that’s what you gotta do.
    Tough love. It happens.
    I totally hope he reads this post. If so, if he reads my comment I hope he knows what a blogger sensation you are! 🙂

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  7. Hey! Thanks for coming by my blog…and as a fellow mama…I am SO 100% behind you on this one!!! I think that is a great rule – and makes things a whole lot easier too – like you said. Hopefully your hubby will get on your side on this one too!! 🙂

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  8. I’m with you on this one. The only thing you might be able to do is make sure you stay in bed the morning after any evening he plays Guitar Hero with them. In other words, let him suffer the consequences.
    No screens Monday thru Thursday is a pretty common rule, though. Or, you could agree to let them have it only if they finish everything they are supposed to do by a certain time….

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  9. I’m that bad guy at my house too!! I’m sorry you are in a bad mood, but you are not alone – men are sometimes like just having yet another child (tee hee). Take care. Kellan

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  10. My kids aren’t in school yet and we’re going to homeschool, so I’m kind of confused about the whole morning thing. I want there to be structure, but I also want to sit her in my PJ’s drinking coffee and reading blogs, and I can hardly expect them to be more disciplined than me, right?

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