Seems like every morning it’s a flat out battle to get kids up and ready ON TIME for school. Continued reminders about what they need to be sure to do….. even though they do it EVERY SINGLE MORNING so you’d think they’d have it down packed by now. I was just thinking as I was having my daily battle this morning, there has to be an easier way. Just recently, there were plans to go hang out with friends, my son scurried to get ready like a “bobcat with a bird under his tail”..... Who can guess where that quote came from??
How is it, they can quickly eat, shower and be ready to go when the destination is somewhere they’re anxious to go but, the regular shmegular everyday takes so much hand holding?! I’ve had enough, I gave my son forewarning this morning that this daily battle is no more and things were going to change.
I’ve come up with 4 strategies to implement for a stellar tween morning routine.
3. REWARDS AND CONSEQUENCES. I feel it's always good to offer an incentive to encourage the improvements you want to see your children. Do this just because I said so may work for a while but, you’ll soon be back to the usual circle of chaos without offering the kiddos something in exchange for their diligence. My son loves to have some screen or video game time after he gets ready in the morning so, that was easily the perfect incentive for me to offer. However, it is important to make your kids understand that the reward can also be taken away as a consequence for not staying on task and getting their list checked off. Your reward and consequences do not have to be the same, just make sure it’s something your kids desire to do and don’t want to have taken away.
4. THE FOLLOW THROUGH. The last and final step to implementing this morning routine is to follow through, Particularly with the rewards and consequences. We’ve all been guilty of not sticking to our guns and letting things slide as far as our kids are concerned. It’s that ooey gooey sticky love we have for them that just makes our stone cold facade melt like ice on a hot summer day. Stick to your guns mamas. Don’t let them get the best of ya.