You’ve probably seen the commercials on TV showing well-behaved children in perfect order and a house running smoothly like a military drill. I’ve got news for you–that’s very rare, so don’t feel bad as a parent.
Here’s a quick checklist to work on. Don’t try to change everything all at once:
1. Make sure everyone-adults and children- gets enough sleep. That means going to bed at a decent hour.
2.Prepare the night before…and get the kids involved in this if you can. Prepare for breakfast, pack the lunches, pick out clothes, and maybe have a specific room/shelf/cubby hole for all school needs. This way everyone isn’t running around like crazy trying to find shoes, backpacks, books, etc.
3. Adults should wake up before kids, so you can be extra prepared. This makes it much faster…and it’s a great example for the young ones to see that they have an adult they can look up to. Be a role model!
4. Make your family a morning chart and get the kids involved in the preparation and execution.
5. Conditions and rewards: Make their favorite part of the morning contingent on what they need to do, i.e “When you make your bed, brush your teeth, get dressed, THEN we have breakfast.”
There’s obviously more to it than what’s outlined above, but it’s a way to get headed in the right direction.
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