This is a tricky week because it's only a week. As a responsible parent how long do I let them sleep in knowing they are going to be hurting on Monday morning next week? But it's not really about them, it's about me. I feel enraged when I have to get kids out of bed on a school day... I have arranged their schedules so they have to get themselves up and going and out the door on time.
Don't get me wrong, I'm not sleeping until the moment I have to drive them to the bus, but I hate the implications of a child who is running late. Usually the child is not aware they are late and I have to be the one to keep urging them along. For some reason this sense of being late doesn't click in with them. They only understand that "for some reason" mom is grumpy this morning; even if I spell it out for them.
I'm especially grumpy if I have a tight schedule the mornings they are running late, which of course Murphy's Law says are the mornings they are running late. Their schools are not close by. They are certainly closer than my school was when I was their age, but I lived out in the country. We live in the suburbs and missing the bus means driving in rush hour and hitting every single light on the way there and on the way back.
It's probably a good thing on those late days that I actually leave them at school, because by the time I get home or arrive late wherever I needed to be, I'm really grumpy.
Plus, I really like them to get things done when they are home that they couldn't normally do on other days, like clean out their dressers. Why shouldn't they be responsible for something this week? My husband and I have to continue to be responsible even if it is spring break.
I'm sure they think I'm mean. But what they don't realize is I was teenager once too and I thought my mom was mean. And someday they'll have a teenager who thinks they're mean.
It's the circle of life.