In the old house, our mornings ran relatively smoothly. The girls were able to watch a little tv while they ate breakfast, and with a few reminders we all got out the door on time. That has not been the same in the new house, and it goes for all of us. On Monday, I didn’t lock a single door and left the garage door open. I have no idea.
Part of the problem with our mornings is that we now only have one tv upstairs. Before we had a little tv in the kitchen where I watched what I wanted to watch (GMA in the mornings, HGTV otherwise) and the girls watched the tv in the living room. They knew they could watch their cartoons while they ate breakfast, so they hustled through getting dressed and getting breakfast. Now, we only have the tv in the living room, and I have stated that if I’m upstairs it will be Good Morning America on that tv. So, the girls have tried to figure out when they can watch their cartoons, which has led to arguments and then Delaney refuses to do anything, I yell, and our mornings suck. We are having a family meeting today to try to figure this out, but I’m thinking of saying they can watch cartoons until 7:30, then the tv goes off until we’re eating breakfast at which point we watch GMA. Eventually I would like a tv in the kitchen, but we’re not there yet.
Our afternoons/evenings haven’t been any better. We can’t seem to find a balance between having a little downtime, and getting all of their things (homework, reading, piano practice) completed. We’ve talked about adding back gymnastics in the new year, but that’s another night we’re away from home which will not help things either.
The move has been stressful on everyone. I’m hoping if we can get our routines back and running smoothly, that will help everyone’s moods.