Don’t have a moment to spare in the morning? Give your kids a mental image of their tasks, let them sleep in these, give them a reminder from the clock and let them be in charge of this to help you get going in the a.m. Read below to find out more!
Make a “picture” chart for a younger child (actual photos or simply draw them). The first picture could be of them getting out of bed, next getting dressed, then eating breakfast. Lastly, pictures of them getting their backpack and going out the door. It helps to give your child a mental image of the things that need to get accomplished that morning.
Let your kids sleep in their clothes for the next day provided they are comfortable. It helps you avoid a battle in the morning. Lighter-weight cotton knits work well for sleeping in. Avoid things with too many buttons or zippers and bulky items. “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” -Ben Franklin.
Wake your children up at different times. The first ones up are the ones who are younger and may need the most assistance or who are slow to get going in the mornings. You can wake the kid who’s quick and easy last. You can also use this as an incentive to the others … if you get ready faster, you can have more time to sleep!
Give your children the 10-minute warning each morning and stick with it. It tells your kids that the clock is ticking for departure and helps them with time management skills. And speaking of time, make sure your clocks are synchronized with the ones at school.
Charge all of your electronics at night. You and your familiy’s cell phones, music devices and laptops can be charged overnight to help save time in the morning.
With everyone’s help your family can become more organized and efficient which will help you get out the door faster even when you’re running late!