Tuesday, April 7, 2015
My Worst 10 Minutes
Whenever I reflect on the day I must admit that I cringe when I get to the last 10 minutes before the kids actually get in bed. For some reason I can get through lots of storms throughout the day, but delay getting in bed at the end of the night...I. LOOSE. MY.MIND!
I must confess that I hate this about myself and while I'm in the middle of those 10 minutes I know I am acting poorly and I just can't break the habit...which is silly. I can. I should.
And while I am at it I should examine another 10 minute period of the day that I may not be firing at my most virtuous...that is pack up and get in the car time. Each day we do this it is like the first time the kids have had to put on shoes and socks. The problems we encounter in the shoe putting on area is mind blowing... Really?? This should not be that hard...
I looked at the systems I have in place during these 2 time periods and I can't see where I am going wrong...I give advanced warning of expectation. I remind and encourage. I assist. And then I scratch my head as to why this feels so hard!! What is wrong with all of the above?
Just recently we started praying in the car on the way to school. I always start the prayer asking for forgiveness for me loosing my patience just a few minutes before...and then I pray for grace to be better the next day. Then each child says a prayer or 2 and then we end with the Memorare. This has helped those mornings when I am really about to loose it because I remember that I will be sitting in the car in just a few minutes about to pray. I would like to not have to ask for forgiveness EVERYDAY . It helps, a little!
But those last 10 minutes?? I'm not sure what to do with those.