If you’re a parent of a school aged child then you are familiar with the industrial sized, 132 ounce cup of coffee to help get you through the day. Why… why… why do mornings have to be so hard? The answer is simple, because kids are born knowing how to procrastinate and they are good at it. I’m sure you’ve noticed that they change their clothes 7 times, take an hour to brush their teeth or the famous “I can’t find it!” This stuff just doesn’t just happen, they know what their doing and sometimes we don’t even realize it.
All hope is not lost and you are not alone. These are some ideas from real life moms who have said….enough!
One mom had this amazing idea. Make what she calls “packets” of clothes to put in their nightstands. This is brilliant because it will do away with them fumbling around looking for clothes or making those ridiculous wardrobe choices that your going to make them change anyway.
Pass on the Pajamas
I love this one. This mom says if your kids take too long getting dressed in the morning, on slow weeks and on occasion, just let them sleep in their clothes. It will either save precious time in the morning or make them so uncomfortable they will learn to dress faster so they don’t have to sleep in their clothes anymore. Either way…you win!
Not slow lullabies or sad power ballads. Put on some music that’s nice and peppy and has a beat. Start it with a cd capable alarm clock. You can experiment with different things like the task needs to be completed before the song ends. Chance are the music will help you get through the morning easier as well.
Make a Game
If the music isn’t enough to get the little guys pumped, try making getting ready a game. Whoever finishes first gets a reward. Kids LOVE to win games.
Open the Blinds
Get those blinds or curtains open nice and early. Be sure to position their bed so that the friendly morning sun is shinning right in their eyes as soon as the blinds are open. Between all of the other methods we have talked about, the little procrastinators won’t know what hit them.
Probably the most important of them all is an early bedtime. By setting their bedtime to a reasonable hour and sticking to it, no matter how much they complain, it will make your morning so much easier. That goes for you too. Get to bed at a decent hour so your in the proper mood to deal with all of this in the morning.
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