If I were to be reviewed by an independent party (not by my partner because he knows better) in my "business" right now, I think they'd recommend that I be fired. There are many many reasons I could be fired, but let's just take timeliness under consideration today.
We are late everywhere. We are becoming that LATE family. I know I'm not alone, but I am not willing to continue in this direction. It makes our family look inconsiderate and it makes me look bad. And I'm not bad, I'm just temporarily (for about the next 15 years) discombobulated.
Prior to children, I was one of those people who was always on time, and by on time I mean I was a freaky perfectionista with OCD and arrived five minutes (ok, twenty minutes) early to any appointment whether it was business or personal.
Slowly over the years, with the addition of children to our family, the five minutes early has progressed to five minutes late and (gasp), on occasion, twenty minutes late. This is embarrassing and a source of great angst for me!
Being chronically late is disrespectful. It shows you are unorganized and incapable of getting your poo-poo together. (I really want to say "shit" but swearing is so un-classy) Who wants to deal with someone who doesn't have their poo-poo together?
It bothers me when people are late to meet me, and the fact that we can't get anywhere on time is really pissing me off.
So, what to do?
I'm not really sure. Leaving 15 minutes before I would normally leave without children doesn't seem to work, even when I give a five minute warning.
Here is what I propose....
If we are to be somewhere at X:00 we will all line up at the door one hour before the required drive time begins for a head count. All wining, complaining, and wardrobe changing will take place and be completed within 15 minutes. We will then pile into the car and any teasing, hitting, punching, crying, etc shall be taken care of within the alloted 5 minutes time. I will pull out of the driveway one half hour before I should have to. If we arrive one half hour early to said destination, which is highly unlikely, we will read stories quietly, do homework, or sing together like the Von Trapp family.
I would love to know what you do in order to keep your family on time. What are some things you have tried? Have any of them worked?