Its pretty easy to get overwhelmed isn't it? I mean, the kids are always wanting something, the noise in the background gets louder and louder, you've still got dinner to cook, you forgot to buy dog food, and the pile of washing still hasn't been folded or put away... add in a cranky mummy with a sinus infection and its a recipe for disaster.
Yesterday, fed up with everything, I spent my morning barking orders at the kids - yelling at them for their lack of organisation. Frustrated that it takes 3 reminders to get dressed, that teeth brushing is turned into a messy/noisy game which takes 10 minutes and leaves the bathroom looking like a disaster, that they cant find a shoe, or that they wont stop bickering with each other.
And yet even while yelling at them, I felt guilty. I know they're just little kids, I know they don't have any concept of time management. I know that a lot of the frustration comes from my own lack of organisation, from letting them sleep longer than they should, for not having pre-packed their school bags or for letting them watch tv while they have breakfast... I'm venting at them when really I'm just annoyed at myself.
So today I'm turning it around. I'm reminding myself to take a deep breath and be calm. To stop yelling and actually ask them to help mummy instead of barking orders at them. I'm going to use the Star Chart more often (lately it has fallen by the wayside a bit). I'm being organised and will have things ready the night before to avoid the morning panic... I have also started banning TV in the mornings until both kids are dressed and ready!
How do you cope with the morning rush?
I'm loving having a studio! Not only do I have a back-up plan for when an outdoor session is rain-effected, I love having families come into my new little space (especially since the air conditioner was installed!) I'm loving trying out new backgrounds, seating, props and lighting for these sessions too - and my Christmas Mini Shoots was the first time I got to have a proper "play" in my new studio!
Here's a few of my favourites from my Studio Christmas Mini Shoot sessions:
Hilary Hudson Photography. Natural Light Newborn and Families Photographer based in Tamborine, QLD. Australia.