8 Reasons parents are always late

My oldest sister was the first to have children. She is
seven years older than me, and I recall bitching a lot about how she was always
late. I couldn’t understand what was so hard about getting her shit rounded up
and getting somewhere on time. It wasn’t until I had children of my own (I have
three of them ranging from 11 months to 8 years) that I started to realize
leaving the house with children is a chaotic mix of lost items, poopy butts,
sudden hunger, loss of concentration, and fits of rage. If you are ever
wondering why I’m always late, here are a few examples of what I’m dealing
Lost shoes: I suspect
my kids hide one shoe from a pair each night because they hate me. Every time
we leave the house, I have to spend 5 to 10 minutes searching for a lost shoe.
And I know that there is some reader out there right now ready to solve my
problem. “Just have the kids put the shoes back where they belong each time.” And
to you I say, “Kiss my ass.” Most of the time, I get home with kids, I’m so
irritated from being in a van with three screaming wanting little turds that the
last thing I want to do is worry about their shoes. And yet, the second I can’t
find their shoes, I will flip and tell them to put their shoes back where they
belong. The whole thing is a twisted cycle that makes daddy want to live in the
Lost comfort item:
For a long time my oldest wouldn’t leave the house without his blanket: a
tattered stained little rag of a thing with blue dinosaurs on it. Whenever we
needed to leave, suddenly the blanket would come up missing, and he’d turn into
a boogery bitching mess until we spent 10 minutes looking for it.
Thirst: Yesterday
I got all three kids ready to go to the store. The baby was buckled in her car
seat, my oldest was buckled in the back seat, and suddenly my five year old was
dying of thirst. I told her that she had water in the van, but she didn’t want that
water. She wanted water from her special Princess cup. So I gave it to her, and
then she slowly sipped for several minutes while staring at me, her eyes glossy
and cold.
Hunger: My kids
are crafty. I feed them before we go somewhere, but they don’t eat it. They
just pick at it. They tell me it is gross, or they don’t feel hungry. Then,
right before we need to leave, suddenly the food looks good, and they want to
eat it. So I offer to take the food with us, but then it turns out that it
doesn’t taste as good in the van. Or they insist on my giving them something
else (usually mac and cheese or fish sticks). This is usually when daddy ends
up dragging a kicking and screaming child into the van.
Poopy butt: There
is something about getting ready to go that triggers my 11-month-old’s bowels.
Sudden need to pee:
I will fight with my son for 10 minutes to go to the bathroom before we get in
the van. He will insist that he doesn’t need to go, but the second I get
everyone loaded and turn over the motor, his bladder fills and he has to spend
several minutes taking a wiz and then dicking around with the bathroom sink.
Argument over seat
We gave the kids assigned seats in the van hoping that it would
keep them from arguing over who was in whose seat. But it didn’t work. Now it’s
all about arguing over who is in the cool seat. We move the assignments to
accommodate the cool seat, which is hard to pin down because the cool seat
seems to change every time we get in the van. This is why daddy cries.
Sudden illness:
This really depends on where we are going. If it’s a trip to the store,
everyone feels fine. If we are heading to school or church, suddenly a wave of
tummy aches washes over the house.
Screen distraction:
Telling my kids to get ready when they are looking at a screen is about as
effective as telling a turtle to walk faster. Take the screens away so they can
focus on getting ready, and suddenly I’m an asshole and everyone sprawls out on
the floor and cries.
What are some of the reasons you are late?

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Clint Edwards was blessed with a
charming and spitfire wife, a video game obsessed little boy, a snarky
little girl in a Cinderella play dress, and an angry baby girl. When Clint was 9-years-old his father
left. With no example of fatherhood, he had to learn how to be a father and
husband through trial and error. His work has been featured in Good
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  • amorninggrouch.com

    Cuteness and/or academic distraction: Singing ABC's! Reading a book! Telling a cute story! 800 minutes later, SHIT PUT ON YOUR SHOES!