I always remember when the kids were babies and toddlers that the 2 hours surrounding dinnertime were witching hour. Screaming, tantrums. Nobody was happy.
Now that they’re older, witching hour now takes place in the morning. As I feed, dress, clean and then corral 3 kids out the door.
And every Monday I fail.
I think they have too much time to settle into activities or tv shows or video games. I’ve tried eliminating/limiting the things they can do. I do as much as I can at night so I’m not going crazy with breakfasts and lunches. I try and have their clothes ready so everybody has what they need. I try and dole out responsibilities as I see appropriate so they’re each in charge of specific things (packing their own bag, putting their jammies into the wash…)