It’s usually during the second week of new rules and routines that we start getting over it, and sliding back into old habits, and a “I-can’t-be-bothered-today” attitude.
For me I have to be really vigilant with myself over this because the rules and routines are not actually put in place for me. They are for the kids and they work, but I can get bored with the same thing over and over, and the end of the second week comes around and I’m tempted to change things up, or stop worrying too much about it.
And I always end up regretting it.
Morning routines work with all sorts of personalities, and set the kids and you up to start the day calmly and without stress. Just because I’m feeling tired today, and am wanting to sleep in, or have a bit more quiet time, doesn’t mean that my day will start better. In fact, it often starts badly if I’m not in the space with my kids, supervising, doing reading homework, checking books, lunchboxes and drink-bottles are in the right bags, and everyone is wearing underwear (I’m not kidding with this one – what is it with boys?).
So, if you are feeling like you can’t be bothered, and you are tempted to throw away all the good work you’ve done over the last two weeks of school being back, take a deep breath and do it anyway.