Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Why Ma Duggar Isn't a Lunatic

I think I figured out why Michelle 'Ma' Duggar (from 19 Kids and Counting) is such a calm parent with so many freaking kids.  They rarely have to be anywhere on time!!  Think about it.  They home school.  They home church.  And when they do have places to be, everyone expects them to be late.  Oh and the fact that now all her older kids keep the younger ones in line....

Seriously, I think that is when I'm the craziest parent, when I'm trying to get a kid or kids out the door on time.  Case and point, Bryce.  He is 5 years old and can completely dress himself but when it's time to do that in the morning, he acts like a fool.  (Although I think it's better than what Caroline will do when she doesn't want to get dressed - cop an attitude and lock her door.)  Bryce runs around like a maniac flaunting that he's either still in his PJs or completely naked.  Meanwhile, I'm trying to dry my hair or finish getting ready.  Often I'm pulling Piper out of something she's not supposed to be in.  This morning Piper decided to "dress" herself over her pajamas with her favorite summer clothes.  She was quite proud of herself.  "Piper, who dressed you?"  "MEEE!!!"

I love Bryce to pieces and I love how funny and silly he can be, but NOT when we have 10 minutes left until we need to leave and he's still not even starting to get dressed.  He's 5 years old, for pete's sake.  Some mornings he'll surprise me, but most, he's just having too much fun.  Thankfully, he'll end up pulling it together at the very last second or a minute or two late, but I know it's causing me a few more gray hairs.

Even on days when we're running early, he finds a way to run late.  But really, I can't complain in having to get one kid out the door as my days of getting all 3 kids out the door still haunt me.


Katie said...

Agreed. The times when I yell usually are the times when we are rushing to get out the door on time and the kids are dragging their feet-- quite literally too. I feel like no matter how much time I take to prepare ahead, it can still turn into a frenzy b/c although I can set out clothes & lunches, I can't predict their moods.

Viv said...

As much as Makenzie is a morning person and LOVES school and riding the bus - I hear myself saying "Get dressed" about a million times a morning (she gets up at 7 and the bus doesn't come until 8:45) And then it's finally - "the bus will be here in 10 mins, I'm walking out the door are you coming?" (of course we still have time but man it makes me mental!) I feel your pain E!