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Top 7 Reasons Parents Are Always Late

By Lori Garcia |

Ah mornings, you probably were never a fan. When you were a kid, mornings meant school. As an adult, mornings meant work. As a parent, mornings meant you were going to be late.

I used to pride myself on punctuality. A secret sense of accomplishment washed over me whenever I arrived ahead of schedule. It was as if I beat the system by not only arriving on time, but by arriving early and outsmarting Murphy’s Law, traffic and life in general. #winning

I’ve had to swallow the bitter pill that is tardiness as a parent. Even when every possible detail is arranged the night before, I’m still sure to be late. Kids make us late, not because they did anything wrong but just by virtue of being kids.

I therefore surrender to the gods of lateness for these reasons:

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Kids make parents late

Getting the kids in the car

OK, so the kids in this picture are smiling but you know as well as I how gosh darn difficult it can be to get children in the car - especially when they don't want to be there. Pretend these kids are upset, that's more like it.

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Lori Garcia

Lori Garcia is a writer and mother of two living and loving in Southern California. When she's not fussing with her bangs, you can find her shaking her groove thing on her personal blog, Mommyfriend where she almost never combines true tales of motherhood and mayhem with her degree in child development. Read bio and latest posts → Read Lori's latest posts →

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0 thoughts on “Top 7 Reasons Parents Are Always Late

  1. Christine says:

    OH yes I totally know those signs. We’ve figured out how to counteract the car one. My husband, a former Marine, refuses to be late anywhere. It’s just not in his nature. He gives us a BIS (Butt In Seat) time. He doesn’t pressure or clock watch. He says what time to be there and we are. Problems started when we had 2 kids to get in the car, though. When alone, it’s simple to walk out to the car at BIS time.

    But with 2 little ones, that inevitably makes us late. We figured it takes 5-7 minutes to get our things and babies in the car. So we changed from a BIS time to a WOTC (Walking Out To Car) time. Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, but it gets my mind in the right mindset so that I am ready to leave early enough to get the kids strapped in the car.

    As for the other stuff …….. we’re still working on it. Getting the clothes out for the girls the night before helps.

  2. Sarah S says:

    You hit the nail on the head here!

  3. Bonnie says:

    On the rare and miraculous occasion that I can find all 6 of my children’s shoes, mine are the ones missing.

  4. Mommyfriend says:

    Christina, I love the BIS and WOTC!

  5. Heidi says:

    I don’t know, but as a mom of three and a preschool/daycare teacher I am rarely late. Sure all this happens, but we can’t fall back on that this is why we are late. You have to plan ahead for these things. The keys missing seems to have been the biggy for us. But that has only been 2 or 3 times over the years. Funny, sure, but I don’t think we should play the martr and always use our kids as an excuse.

  6. Sarah Kline says:

    I do things the night before, and leave to go everywhere with an extra 15 minutes built in. Never late, with triplets. I ignore tantrums… if they are small enough to pick up and put in a car seat there’s no need for them to slow you down :) If this is going on in the house before we leave they stay in their play room till we leave. Shoes always go back to their spot, along with keys, outfits are picked out the night before, bags are packed, etc. If bathroom duty calls we use part of out 15 minute extra window!

  7. Anoosh says:

    I was not a punctual person before kids, so you can imagine what it’s like now. I fnd it reassuring that punctual people struggle with this, too! Having kids makes me feel that efficiency is overrated. My kids learn best, and we have the loveliest times, when we can take our time. Then again, doctor’s appointments and classes are important, too! I was just glad to read this – my best intentions to get out the door have been thwarted by all of these, often more than one at a time!

  8. Martine | Work at Home Mom Writer says:

    I can so relate, especially with the missing keys or phone–guilty of both. It doesn’t happen often, but when it does, my schedule starts to go into a butterfly effect, and I can run late. I’ve always been a punctual person, whether its for deadlines or meetings… but kids change everything, and I just have to deal.

    What works for me is doing things at least fifteen minutes earlier than I expect to finish them. I don’t have the system down perfectly–with a toddler, it’ll be a while before things go smoothly! Still, it’s not something for me to stress over. I’m thankful for the days I’m on time, and I just apologize for less than ideal days.

  9. Ms.Argie Hall says:

    I Am The WORST at it with a special needs child every thing is on a time limit food/meds/sleep/& just about anything u can name i put all of my apts on the backbunner for most of the duration but still barely making it 2 his appts on time lately hasnt been working 2 well especially thru the harsh weather i completley shut down, Im going thru my 4th tenent/landlord sheriff sale along with very minimal support, basically none & i take public transportation, I have been so bizzy fighting homelessness 4 the past 4 yrs but prices are outrageous with everything, he will be 4 this month house renting 2 messed up 4 a party & last yr he had 2 surgeries 1 4days b-4 his 3rd B-Day & not 2 mention my health is also in bad shape so inspite of it all im just happy & blessed 2 even see the next day #JKIR !!!

  10. Lisa S. says:

    Ha ha! That picture of the toddler meltdown is my daughter. Love it when I see her picture being used!

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