Getting out of the house with 4 kids should be considered an Olympic sport. Here’s a breakdown of what going anywhere looks like. I’ll use going to church as an example.
7:30 The baby wakes up and my attempts at getting her to fall back asleep are unsuccessful.
8:00 Wake the other 3 kids up and make breakfast.
8:10 Tell the kids to get out of bed.
8:15 Yell at the kids to get out of bed.
8:30 Threaten them to get out of bed.
8:45 Pull covers off the kids.
8:50 12-year-old stomps out of room and staggers into the bathroom.
9:00 10-year-old daughter turns on TV and then the battle over the remote begins with the 4-year-old.
9:01 I yell at them to stop fighting.
9:15 Breakfast is on the table. Only the baby arrives after calling everyone.
9:25 The kids sit and chow down.
9:30 The 12-year-old finishes eating.
9:35 The baby dumps her food. Everyone laughs. I clean her up and give her more food.
9:38 The baby dumps her second bowl of food.
9:50 Everyone leaves the table. I clean the table and the kids get ready.
10:00 I check on the 10-year-old and she is still in her jammies and playing with Barbies.
10:10 Help the 4-year-old get ready.
10:15 Tell the 12-year-old he can’t wear shorts because it is WINTER.
10:20 Dress the baby.
10:30 Check on 10-year-old, she is ready and is playing with Barbies.
10:40 Brush 4-year-old’s teeth and fix his hair.
10:45 Yell at 12-year-old to get off his phone. Eye roll leads to argument.
10:48 The 10-year-old leaves for church by herself. (We walk)
10:50 12-year-old finishes getting ready and walks to the door. Gets mad when I tell him to wear a coat.
10:55 Puts coats on 4-year-old and baby.
10:56 Realizes that I’m not dressed and throws on some clothes.
10:58 Ready to walk out the door. Baby drops a HUGE load in her diaper.
11:00 Finishes changing diaper and dresses the baby.
11:01 Ready to go out the door, but the 4-year-old is no longer wearing shoes.
11:02 Shoves shoes on 4-year-old’s feet.
11:05 I can’t find my shoes… or keys… or wallet.
11:08 Finds everything and runs out the door.
11:15 Arrives at church.
You can replace the above scenario and times with going to school, doctor appointments, soccer practice, Tae Kwon Do lessons, piano lessons, and shopping.
To get through my mornings, I must be in tip-top shape. I must get in and out of the house quickly. This is why my fleece zip-up hoodie hangs on a hook by the door. Before I run out the door with my kids, I slip on my Russell fleece zip-up hoodie. It helps keep me warms whether I am going to church, soccer practice, the park, or managing the holiday crowds.
Speaking of holiday crowds:
If you are looking to buy something warm and cozy for the Dadlete in your life, or if you are a Dadlete and want to buy your own warmth, pick-up one of the fleece hoodies by Russell. Everyone needs a warm hoodie in their life.
Disclaimer: I was compensated by Russell for this post. The words and opinions are my own.
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