What’s your Morning Routine?

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Ya’ll have seen plenty of pictures of my sweet smiling boy Ryan.  I rarely write about the chaos that happens in my house as a means to try to forget mainly but I cannot hold it in any longer. 

Dear Ryan,
Over the course of the past few weeks, dare I say months you have had a growing ambition to do things yourself which is a relief!  You’ve mastered buttoning your jeans yourself as well as working the zipper on your jacket and even putting on a belt.  Great job!

I have gone to great lengths to make sure the clothes hanging in your closet are all the proper size and I am always showing you anything new that has been bought and you seem to love it….. at the moment.  I am not sure what or who has gotten to you about your clothes but lately, our mornings are out.of.conrol!  I admit, there is some confusion in the closet because it is 40 degrees outside and yet I have some tshirts still hanging. 

I have explained that a tshirt can be worn, HOWEVER, a long sleeved shirt must be worn under it because it is too cold to go outside in just a t-shirt.  I found out last week in a video that another parent sent me of you at school during the Santa visit that you remove your long sleeved shirts and leave the t-shirt on when you get there.  I know this trick! Its even been in the movies!  ‘Kid dresses how their parent wants them to and has a change of clothes in their bag.’ Maybe you saw an old rerun of Saved by the Bell?  I didn’t realize this occurred as early as FOUR YEARS OLD.

The temper tantrums about what shirt you wear must come to an end.  It is not a big deal if your jeans have a hole in the knee!  You also do not have to wear your belt every single day.  Flailing about and removing all of your clothes out of hatred for the items on your body is uncalled for.  Your sister, Reese watches you and learns from you and just this morning I witnessed her freaking out about the pants I selected for her.   We do not have time to change our minds in the morning when picking out our clothes.  I have a hard enough time dressing myself with the slim pickin’s of clothes that fit me to get out the door and to work on time. 

Lets try picking out our clothes the night before and if that doesn’t work then I say we all just go to school and work in our jammies and call it a day.

Love you!

Mommy

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16 comments:

Am I Really Grown Up? said...

Luckily Annabelle doesn't fight me on her clothes choices. But her hair is a totally different story. Sometimes she leaves the house with pigtails, bows and a head band all different colors, rarely matching her outfit. I've learned to deal:)

Sarah Kate said...

Goodness. So sorry you're already dealing with a fashion mutiny in your house. :o/ I wish I had some words of advice to give you. I think you are going to have to keep a close eye on Ryan...he is rather tricky, isn't he?!?!

dottie said...

My only advise..."this too shall pass."

A day in the life as a Mother huh.

Jill said...

hahaha...Tooo funny! My sister has had this problem with her just-turned-3-year-old. She would throw a fit if the clothes my sister picked out for her weren't pink. She has since relented and agreed to wear purple too...but ONLY pink and purple. Otherwise, it's a fight. I think there are a few parents who can relate to you! ;)

Daisy said...

Oh no! I remember going through this when I was a nanny. I don't envy you, kids are stubborn.

allstarme said...

OH it TOTALLY starts at 4. My son has been driving me nuts with this. Lately, I don't fight him anymore; I let him pick it all and face the consequences. It seems to be working!

Krista said...

Last night J found a pair of pants she wanted to put on...OVER the jeans she was currently wearing. When I had to change her diaper later, she through a fit. Not because of the diaper change, but because I had to take those pants off. She managed to slip them back on before I put a new diaper on.

And this morning she threw a huge fit because I put her "boooots" on instead of her "shhhhooos" on. If I have time in the morning to let her choose, I do, but that takes at least 5 minutes and so I feel ya when you say you don't have time in the morning for all the drama.

Hopefully picking out clothes the night before will help with Ryan. Have you confronted him yet about taking the long sleeves off at school? What does he say? Have you told him it upsets you when he does that and that it makes you worry he'll get sick? Since he's clever and smart enough to switch clothes when he's out of sight of his parents, he'd certainly understand those points, I think...

You could always just go extreme and switch his t-shirts for girl shirts. If he wants to wear a t-shirt, then he can, otherwise he needs to follow the rules. His choice. (Is that too mean?)

Connie said...

I hate to tell you this........

Maybe I shouldn't.

My kids wear whatever I tell them to wear. My only issue at the moment is that they both remove their underwear right after lunch.

Emmy said...

So sorry- never fun to have a battle in the morning. Lucas still hardly has an opinion on what he wears but Alex- she has compared and cared since she was 3! Heaven help us

Impulsive Addict said...

Oh no. So this is what I have to look forward to?

Great.

First potty training and then a fight over clothes. Maybe I'm not cut out for this mommy thing. We'll see.

Impulsive Addict said...

Hey...you should link this up! Don't worry about adding the button.

Amber said...

hah-I don't envy anyone that has to get kids ready in the morning for school. I can barely get myself ready in the morning.

Those pictures of Ryan are hysterical, haha

Jen said...

Ha! Oh boy...it does start early doesn't it? It's a wonder my kids ever get to school on time.

Grumpy Grateful Mom said...

I'm impressed with his sly ways at 4-yrs-old!

My kids are also teaching each other. Mase taught Daxton how to steal today. (sigh)

I think your jammies solutions is perfect. :)

Shawn said...

Those pictures are priceless! I love the ones I have of Peanut throwing a fit, she could do without them but I love them!

I won;t tell you that it gets worse because that would be depressing and mean...

THanks for linking up and have a very Merry Christmas!

Jenna said...

Oh Ryan is a smart one!!!

Love this blog. I'm always good to hear the other moms have the same issues as I do some mornings.

 
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