I then started to get annoyed. It was going on 20 minutes and there was going to be no way I would be able to get a hair cut and decent blow out. I went up to the front, asked for a hair dryer and fixed my hair, with just enough time to get Spanky.
I drove away livid. Not only did this person show up 30 minutes late for an appointment, the salon did not seem to care that she was late. And in the words of our last president, "Late is rude".
So true. Before kids and even with just one child, I made sure to leave early and get to every appointment on time. Because being late is not only disrespectful to others but also makes you look 'sloppy'.
Then I had a second child, a third and finally a fourth. And honestly, I am lucky to be less than 15 minutes late for anything (church, playdates, school...). I have tried just about everything to get us to locations on time. I pack up the day before, have all shoes hanging in a rack by the back door, clothes laid out. I even give myself 5 extra minutes per child for getting in the car.
Yes, I try to leave 20 minutes earlier than I need to yet, I am still late!
Getting ready yesterday, I noticed something. Getting my kids in the car is just like herding stray cats. They aren't motivated, have other goals than being somewhere on time, and are basically in their own little worlds.
I have tried bribes, goals, but for the most part nothing seems to work. So I am going to ask my lovely, bright blogger friends--how do you get the kids moving and in the car?
Oh and I am not annoyed with the late girl at the salon. For all I know, she had five kids. Not that that's an excuse....
Quick Update: The salon is knocking 20% off my next appointment and the staff did apologize. Since this is the first time, I am willing to give them a second chance and enjoy that discount!