So tell me the truth: do you lie bed in to the last possible moment, then leap up and run around in a panicked fashion, leaving a path of destruction in your wake, and barely catching the bus to work? Some people think that getting up a little early is a better way to live. I am not over-ambitious in the morning, but I have found that turning on a great playlist in the morning makes the whole day better.
These days I usually get up about 6:30 and drink some coffee. I sit quietly and stare into the darkness until it’s time to rouse the family and get the Owlets off to school. Then I crank up this Spotify playlist. It’s mostly dreamy songs about love, just to set a happy tone for the day.
Owl Muse Wake Up! Love < Listen on Spotify
1. Robot – Cue Fanfare
2. Lovefool – The Cardigans
3. Lovers Who Uncover – The Little Ones
4. New Years – Asobi Seksu
5. No Spare Key – Honeyblood
6. Beast – Ex Hex
7. Bedroom Eyes – Dum Dum Girls
8. I Turn My Camera On – Spoon
9. Violent Shiver – Benjamin Booker
10. Bang A Gong – T. Rex
11. Just One Drink – Jack White
12. Phantom Limb – The Shins
13. Up With People – Lambchop
I start my daily chant: breakfast-breakfast-breakfast-clothes-clothes-clothes-socks-socks-socks-comb-your-hair-hair-hair-brush-your-teeth-teeth-teeth-put-on-your-shoes-shoes-shoes–boots!!!! No flip flops please! It’s 5 degrees out!!! homework-homework-homework-coat-coat-coat-hat-hat-hat-gloves-gloves-gloves.GO GO GO GET OUT GET OUT OF MY HOUSE NOW NOW NOW. REALLY NOW. DOOR SLAMMED AND LOCKED. Haha, you aren’t getting back in here, babies! I don’t care what you forgot.
I have tried various approaches to get the Owlets out of the house–begging, bribing, shouting, crying, making elaborate posters, charts and multi-media presentations; dramatic re-enactments with stuffed animals, etc. Did that work? Yeah…Not so much. The best solution so far was a simple backpack checklist.
“I’m made you a list,” I said to the Owlets.
“Are there pictures on it, mama? ‘Cause you know I can’t read, remember?” says the little guy.
Touche, my boy! Oddly, it worked anyway.
- Water Bottle
- Homework Folder
- Gym Clothes
- Gym Shoes
- Snow Pants
Okay, it’s April already. We might be okay leaving the snow pants at home. We might. Also I broke down and signed them up for school lunch. I decided I would rather have them not-eat the organic, free range, healthy school lunch that not-eat the bag lunch I get up early to pack for them.
But the Owlets are getting better! And they pump each other up, “Let’s go get dressed–fast, fast, fast–NO distractions, okay? No distractions, go, go, go!”
Hope springs eternal.