Tuesday, January 9, 2007

All three of us got up, slowly, at 8:30am this morning and managed to make it out of the house to go shopping at about 10am. Can anyone tell me how the hell I am going to get Oliver ready on my own, once Mark starts work, and get out of the house with both of us dressed and me showered, to drop him at daycare and make it to work on time??

Anyone able to provide some helpful solutions to the morning madness I am dreading? Other than feeding him breakfast the night before ’cause it takes him like 40 minutes to eat it?

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  1. Sandy Kerr Says:

    If it takes Oliver 40 mins. to eat, he is definitely not hungry. Give him 15 mins. to eat only. Ask at DayCare if they will feed him the rest mid morning or at lunch time until he gets in the ‘swing of the a.m. rush’. He isn’t going to starve.
    Clothes out the night before, shower before he gets up, both eat together. You’ll manage, but especially for the first little while the alarm will have to go off much earlier to accomodate the time deadline.

  2. Lisa Says:

    I respectfully disagree, sorry – it takes Jack ages to eat and I think that’s fairly normal for a small child who isn’t co-ordinated at getting food from point A to point B just yet (and gets easily distracted). I honestly can’t imagine him finishing any meal in 15 minutes. I do agree that it won’t be a problem if he doesn’t eat much at home. Jack always eats tons at nursery.

    You will be able to do it! Have faith! You’ll settle into a routine that works for you…it just takes a bit of practice. 🙂

  3. Lisa Says:

    Oh and my top tip? Either feed him something dry for breakfast so you don’t have to clean him up before leaving, or feed him in his PJ’s. You can just strip them off and put on some clean clothes afterwards. And yes, eating together is definitely helpful.

  4. Sandy Kerr Says:

    All children get distracted at any time of the day, or night, or mealtime. However the point being that mealtime is mealtime and not playtime. So if everyone involved is sitting, eating, not running around or doing other things, no tv on etc.the child automatically learns ‘hey its mealtime, time to EAT not play’ there are no other distractions. He’ll learn fast, just like a pet, they want FOOD. Its not being mean, its a learning process with benefits of FOOD. Of course if no FOOD makes it to his mouth then its parents time to guide his spoon or use another spoon during that time so that he gets the point FOOD. Of course you have to take into account that rushing to go to work and rushing to clothe the child is going to slow down his appetite so perhaps you might consider dressing him after eating instead of before? Whatever works for you, works, there really isn’t any wrong to it. Cheers.

  5. emmainlondon Says:

    I’ve definitely always dressed him after eating breakfast – in fact, often after eating lunch too as every meal is a mess with him! So that is a permanent part of the morning plan. And I agree with the teaching him that meal time is for eating and not for playing. We really haven’t got there yet however and he just takes ages to eat, though he eats well. Of course modern life and our life is completely full of distractions – and I think it’s going to get a bit worse than usual in the rush of mornings, trying to multitask everything. I will keep you posted as to what our coping strategy is. If we get to one.

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