As parents, it’s the little things that my wife and I do for our girls that will likely have the biggest impact on their lives – from shaping their opinions and habits, to helping guide them toward the right choices down the road. Reality is that we’re winging it, just like everyone else – there is no road map for what we do, and each day brings its own set of struggles and triumphs. The constant is that we each play our own role in providing for the little ones. From my wife’s long hours working outside the home to my weird schedule that often allows for minimal sleep, there’s a yin to the yang that makes it all work. While the bigger whole may go unnoticed, it’s the smallest parts that make the biggest differences.
How Each Day Begins:
My wife is up at 5am and out the door by 6:30. There’s a little bit of an overlap where she’ll start getting the girls dressed if they’re up, and I’m fully rolling somewhere between 6:15-6:30. The girls wave goodbye to Mommy from Addie’s bedroom window as I hop in the shower. They’ll play or catch a few minutes of TV, then I throw on some clothes and we head downstairs for vitamins, breakfast and brushing of the teeth. My wife will have already packed a snack in Addie’s lunch tote – her Doc McStuffins backpack ready and waiting for the kindergarten adventures ahead.
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#Fall #Parenting #Fashion #TheRockDaughters
If the girls are feeling cooperative (barring any over-the-top ridiculous arguments over clothing and hair for the day, choice of breakfast, etc.), I’ll snap a photo of the duo against a backdrop of the pantry door – a keepsake of each day – or wait until we’re outside for a quick “Sidewalk Fashion Show” on the way to the bus stop (weather permitting).
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As we enter the winter months, the routine has changed a bit, bundling up and taking the car to the bus stop. When Addie’s bright yellow chariot arrives, I walk her to the door and give her a hug and a kiss (she gets one from Little Finley, too) and see her on her way.
Finn and I head back to the house to spend some time together, with Addie knowing that in just a few short hours, we’ll be waiting for her when she arrives home – Finn and I eager to welcome her off of the bus.
But it’s only 7:30, and the day is just getting started.
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