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Monday, August 12, 2013

Like Mother, Like Daughter? The Trials of Living with a Teenaged Girl #YOP

She is my first born baby girl.

She was the answer to so many prayers.

She is my pride and joy.    But, she can also make our home spin into complete chaos, and I admit it, that she gets it honestly.

We first started to notice that Emily was not a morning person early in life.  As it came time for her to begin junior kindergarten we realized that there was no way she was going to be able to get herself up and out the door in the morning without meltdowns.  At the time, our school offered kindergarten half days, so I asked for afternoons for Emily.  It worked really well for us throughout the two years of kindergarten.  Emily could take her time getting ready and it alleviated the stress of having to get up and out the door first thing in the morning.  Yet, all too quickly those two of years of kindergarten came to a close and the real world was calling.

Fast forward in time and we are now getting prepared for grade 10.  (Where does the time go?)

She is an honour roll student.

She is talented and thoughtful.

She is a volunteer and children's leader within our community.  Yet, with time and age, nothing has really changed, when it comes to her morning routines. 

Emily is still a complete whirlwind dynamo in the morning.  Luckily, we have figured out a few techniques to keep the calm in the mornings.  I always encourage Emily to have her backpack and school supplies organized and ready to go out the door.  She figures out what she is going to wear and we pick out shoes and accessories before she turns in for the night.  We also have easy and portable breakfast items, that she can grab on the go.  A sit down breakfast is never going to happen with this girl, so getting a good start each morning can be a challenge.  But, not when we have tasty drinkable yogurt in our fridge.  Emily can grab a YOP as she goes out the door and I can relax a little in knowing that she has had a good start to her day.  Yogurt has always been one of our favourite breakfast items.  YOP makes it easy to get that yogurt in a convenient way. 


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So, I brace myself for a few rocky mornings as we get back into the school routine in a couple of weeks.  Yet, I am going to not take a single one for granted, as I can now see university on the horizon for my extra special teenaged daughter.    I know that it is only a couple of years before the whirlwind mornings will become silent, and that makes my eyes mist up,  just to type.  I can not even imagine!




 




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9 comments:

Stephanie LaPlante said...

I was the exact same as a child and teenager. I'm 27 now. Something changed a couple years ago. I suddenly became a morning person.

Gingermommy said...
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Gingermommy said...

My daughter loved mornings, my boys, not so much. My teen gets grumpy and needs his space. But I think boys are just overall harder to get a long with during the teen years lol

Kathryn Lavallee said...

My son LOVES Yop! Actually both boys are big yogurt fans but I love how easy it is to pack Yop in a lunch kit too!

Brandy said...

This sounds exactly how my brother was growing up. Eventually, he realized that having a routine was essential to his success. And now he is seeing the fruits of his labour. Me, on the other hand, used to be a morning person during my school years. Plus was uber organized. That has somewhat changed since becoming a mother. Hehe!

Paula Schuck said...

My kids love YOP too. The coupons went fast and I have one of each - an early riser and a poky Payton.

Kerrie @ Family Food and Travel said...

Love the picture of your daughter!
I can imagine that your mornings are crazy and teenagers are often hard to get to eat breakfast - sounds like you found a great option with YOP. Happy Back to School!

Randa Derkson said...

I was not a nice teenager. I had tones of attitude (still do ;) )

Jennifer Van Huss said...

I am a sleeper. I like to sleep in and go to be early. I always have. My kids on the other hand are my husband. They like to get up between 5am and 6 am! Eek!