There are mornings, usually the ones where nobody has to be anywhere until noon, when Zoe is raring to go at 6:30.
Then there are mornings, usually the ones where I have an 8:30 meeting that I really can’t be late for, when Zoe sleeps late and then moves through her morning routine with the speed of a glacier.
This morning was shaping up to be that second kind. Zoe woke up around eight; Mike had to leave at 9:15; and the sky was overcast enough to make me want to drive Zoe to daycare instead of walking as I had originally planned.
Miraculously, Zoe and I were out the door by 8:45.
What’s my secret, you ask? Simple: my secret is product placement.
To convince Zoe not only that she wants to get dressed before breakfast, but also that she wants to wear whatever it is I’m offering, I select her Yo Gabba Gabba concert tee. It cost (Grandma Marilyn) $25, but that kind of speed and acquiescence is worth every penny. (Pro Tip: Her $5 Captain America t-shirt works pretty well, too.)
To convince Zoe that she wants to eat breakfast instead of watching Netflix, I offer her Dora the Explorer cereal. This is straight up product placement: it’s not just Dora on a box of Cheerios, it’s a General Mills cereal that did not exist before Dora came along to put her face on the box. (Bonus: it’s not terribly unhealthy and it tastes pretty good.)
If you are above the use of children’s television characters to dress and feed your child, I salute you. If you are looking for ways to speed up your weekday mornings, I recommend product placement.
How do you bend a toddler’s will to your own? Or, how do you distract her long enough to slip on her jacket and shoes?