Really, I should say a way parents can be perfect, for it is mostly the effort and determination of Rick that these kids are dressed and fed and get to school everyday on time. Avalon got the perfect attendance award for the first month! Seriously, I would be a frazzled mess with an early morning deadline at 2 different schools in addition to my work arrival. Rick is cool, calm and collected and can deal with whatever they throw at him! Mix-matched socks, breakfast that doesn't make sense or a dog barking at the garbage man, he's got it under control!
But, she does earn some of the credit, since her willingness to get ready, do things on someone else's timetable and not cling onto Rick's leg at the Kinder gate have VASTLY improved. I no longer hear crying in the background when I call from work in the morning to check on them. She has her homework in her backpack, ready to go.
And let's not forget to praise Loudoun in all of this. For while he gets his own awards aplenty, he is a huge contributor to keeping her mellow and happy with routines that don't evolve around her. He earned that award, too! Those 2 have a bond I am amazed by.
Well done family, you make a mama proud.