Once the kids get to a certain age, school mornings turn into a battlefield. And despite going through the same battles every day, they never learn and you never stop trying.
As much as we'd love to be one of those TV families who happily sit around the breakfast table discussing the day's events, we know those few hours between waking up and leaving the house will be a battle of wills.
Get out of bed
No really, you have to get out of bed
I mean it
This is your last warning
Ok, I am physically carrying you out of bed
Yes you have to have a shower
And wash yourself
And your hair
No you cannot go back to bed
I do not know where you threw your tie/jumper/shoes last night, just find them
No you cannot wear your fairy wings to school
No you cannot have chocolate for breakfast
Do not put your breakfast on your sister
Clean your teeth
Don't pretend you've cleaned your teeth, I will smell your breath
Why did you wait until now to mention the craft project due TODAY?
Stop watching TV, we're leaving in 5 mins
We're leaving now
I mean it
GET OUT THE HOUSE
No, you did not tell me about football practice tonight
No you cannot walk the last few feet to the school gate (and yes, I will give you a big kiss as you leave)
And they're gone. And despite all that, we miss them already....