1st Day is in the books:
It was a pretty uneventful day. They seemed to have mixed feelings. Ethan seemed a bit more distraught at the idea of all the “free time with his friends” ending.
They don’t have to wake up until around 7:00-7:10, which is not too far off from when they often wake up naturally. (Sometimes it was in the 8:00 range for Asher during the summer, but 7:30-8 is pretty normal for Ethan).
Despite some mild grumbling, they were ready on time. The bus comes around 7:42 a.m., so we planned that we’ll leave around 7:38 a.m. to allow extra time (it’s like a 2 minute drive). I usually drive them to the bus stop in the morning because it’s ~3/4 mile at least from our house, which takes quite a while to walk (in the morning, anyway).
We took some cute pictures with the hamsters outside, too. Haha.
Breakfast-Making/ Morning Routine Poll:
So, here’s a quick poll for anyone willing to answer.
Obviously, in middle school now, the boys are pretty self-sufficient in the mornings, though I often/usually make their breakfasts yet. Ivan sometimes says he feels this is “babying” them and that I should be able to be totally hands off and just let them get themselves completely ready, including making their own breakfast.
(Sometimes I do gripe about the fact that I’m still sort of “needing” (in quotes because I probably don’t really need to) to monitor them and be around during their whole getting ready period, which essentially eats up my morning from ~7-7:45 at least….).
I could be exercising, or working, or whatever, during that time, but I don’t, because I guess a) I feel like they are still just sort of slow and disorganized on their own yet sometimes b) I don’t trust them to bother to make anything more nutritious than just pouring cereal in a bowl and calling it good (whereas I’ll often scramble them eggs, make sure to include fruit, etc.) and c) I do like to see them/ chit chat in the morning, anyway (usually ;))! And d) for some reason I feel guilty if I’m not always with them during that time.
But, then again, sometimes it does feel like a lot of my time eaten up, especially if I have a busy day and have other things I’d like to squeeze in around work (like, a workout or shower!).
So, my question is: What do you think? Do you think it’s still normal to make breakfast and maybe “hand hold” the morning routine a little bit for a 6th and 7th grader??? Or should I be re-claiming/ re-purposing that time and pushing them to just be totally independent in the morning?
*(Disclaimer- If I had to be out the door to an office, I’m sure this wouldn’t even really be a question, because I’d probably be blow drying my hair or getting dressed at that time and they’d have no choice but to run their own mornings. But because I WFH and don’t technically have very strict time boundaries in my job, it is a legit question, for me, anyway.)
Thanks for your input! 🙂
I am grateful that the kids each get Chromebooks from school this year! How nice. I’m glad they have actual computers now, instead of the iPads they used previously (so they’ll be typing on a normal keyboard now instead of the touch screen).