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“Every morning… I have to compare them to stationary objects to see if they are really moving. And I feel like I’m the only one in the house concerned whatsoever with getting ready and getting everyone on the school bus. They don’t have a care in the world, lying around, falling asleep in their cereal bowls, meandering aimlessly around the house, remaining clueless about all of the stuff they need to get together for school. It makes me want to scream!”
If this sounds familiar, you are not alone. Listed below are some tips for taking better care of yourself in the mornings:
Schedule some time to plan and practice when you aren’t in a hurry.
This means taking the time to show them how to use an alarm clock, how to collect what they need the night before, ideas for making their own breakfasts, tips on creating lists as prompts, etc.
Each morning, take yourself out of the loop as much as possible.
The more you work to ensure that they get ready, the less likely they will learn to do this work themselves.
Place almost all of your emphasis on getting yourself ready.
As we all know, modeling is a great teacher. You shouldn’t feel guilty placing about 98% of your energy on meeting your needs. Besides, you’ve already taught them how to meet theirs.
Pray for opportunities.
Approaching mornings this way typically provides two types of special opportunities: (1) to see that the sky will not fall if your kids end up going to school looking mismatched and disheveled; and (2) for your kids to learn responsibility by making affordable mistakes like forgetting their homework.
Create a covert back-up plan.
Some parents find it wise to have someone secretly on call. If the kids miss the bus, this person can arrive and charge them for taxi service to school.
By the time they reach kindergarten age, our kids… with good training and consistency on our part… can learn to take primary responsibility for getting themselves up and ready to go each and every day. Kids who learn this find it far more natural to assume personal responsibility in other areas of their lives.
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