Mommy Mondays: 15 Minutes

Why is it that no matter how early I wake up, how calm and peaceful I try to make the getting-ready process, the last 15 minutes before dropping my daughter off at school are always crazy?

This morning, for example, I woke up at 5:45 to work out, check emails, make lunches, and get myself ready before waking Emma up at 6:45 (clearly I don’t spend a lot of time on makeup). She woke up bright and cheery. We read a book in bed and then headed into the living room for a bit of coloring and a TV show before getting her dressed, breakfast eaten, teeth brushed, and fish fed. Sometimes we can even sneak in arts & crafts or a walk around the block before we head out!

And then all heck breaks loose. Somehow the 15 minutes I leave to get us to school, which is 3 minutes away door-to-door, is never enough. Grabbing purses, backpacks, homework (which needs to go into the backpack, which is already on the back), and lunches… getting out the door and into the car (why is this so hard? It’s like it happens in slow motion)… driving to school and parking… it’s a marathon exercise, always a scramble, and the ramifications of cutting it short a minute or two—not having any playground time before the bell rings—can turn my happy, cheery girl into a storm of pout and cling.  And so my memory of our calm, peaceful, together-time morning is replaced by the last, pitiful look I get as she walks into class, and this is what I take with me all day.

Yes, my head knows that she’s fine the minute she turns the corner into her classroom, but my heart can’t quite believe it. Has anyone cracked the morning code? Left the drop-off happy and satisfied? Tips are much appreciated.

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Introducing our newest blog series: Mommy Mondays

Amy is the director of marketing at Educational Insights and is the mom of 5.98-year-old Emma, an enthusiastic first grader, dare-devil bike rider (no training wheels here!), expert colorer, and Lego lover. Amy will be penning our newest blog series called Mommy Mondays where you’ll get to hear her take on the likes and gripes of motherhood.

Here’s a word from Amy herself:

“Are you scrambling to keep up? Do you feel like life is a big juggling act and… um…  you once knew how to juggle and in fact might have some notes on juggling in your purse, stuck to a red fruit gummy, but, wait… What was I looking for? Join me on Mondays and you won’t feel so alone…”