Today, I noticed that Joanna emailed parents outlining the many reasons that it is important for children to get to school on time. I couldn't agree more! I thought I would take this one step further and give some tips that may help your family stay on track. Nothing is less fun in the morning than a group of crabby people, running around because they know they are going to be late to school and/or work again!
While there are many websites and advice columns about morning routines, I found information that seems really simple to follow:
1) Parents get themselves ready first. If this means losing another 1/2 hour sleep, it may take some getting used to. Once you get rewarded with a smoother morning, though, I think you will agree that it is worth it. Shower, dress, get caffeinated!
2) Wake up the kids and start a timer. This should be talked about before-hand, but tell your child that they will have X amount of minutes to do everything on their list. For some children, it may take an hour, so set the timer for 60 minutes.
3) The list should include all the items that needed to be done. You could laminate the sheet and have kids check off items as they complete them - or use a white board.
- Get dressed
- Brush hair
- Eat breakfast
- Brush teeth
- Prepare backpack
If your child is successful for a full week, and are at the door ready to go before the timer goes off, then a small reward may be in store.
Let me know if you try this! I'm curious to know if it works for you. I know it really helped us when Ray was little - we had a checklist for both morning and before bed routines. It kept him on track, and empowered! With less nagging!