Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Maiya's Morning Madness

What parent doesn't have a hard time getting out of the house in the morning? This year, Tony leaves by 7am, before Maiya wakes up, so it's up to me to get us out of the house. It takes anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes, depending on what I have done the night before, and what I skip out on.

On Friday, it took an hour and a half. I was having such a hard time getting myself ready and getting her to stop playing and get ready to leave, so we made a list with pictures to help motivate her. Since we don't do rewards and want her to feel her own sense of accomplishment, ie., doing it for herself, not just to please or "obey" me, I felt funny about doing this list. It reminds me of having a chart on the wall with stickers. But anyways, she liked my primitive drawings (very age appropriate), and even though it took extra time to draw these pictures, I do think it helped for her to see her role in getting us out of the house faster, which would make me less of a grumpy, barking maniac (haiyaku! andele! hurry! come on, move it, move it!)

Anyways, Maiya's big news for this week is that she has moved up from the Sunshine Room to the Rainbow Room at preschool. She's very excited to be a big kid now.


Anonymous said...

Very cute, very smart (you, Jenni).

nitoito said...

Jenni, I love this idea! I know nothing about parenting but I'll save this one in my memory bank for later. I am very impressed with your drawings. You are a true artist!