The 22 daily battles you’ll have with your kids before 9am

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  • 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.

    So each day you go about the same daily struggles – how many did you have this morning?

    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


    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….

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