How to Manage Morning Schedules

If you’re struggling juggling your fall schedule and are wondering how on earth you’re going to get through the week (let alone the school year), here’s one easy way to help manage your mornings:

Many parents end up in a nag-fest every morning – reminding and nagging and sometimes yelling – to get their kids to get dressed, eat breakfast, brush teeth and any number of other tasks before the bus arrives.  But not this school year!  A few simple strategies will help parents get kids out the door on time with everyone feeling good about the process.

The most important strategy to tame morning mania is a When-Then Routine.  The When-Then Routine is structured so all the yucky stuff – all of the things you have to remind your kids about every day– happens before the fun stuff – like breakfast or TV time or playtime.

Your When-Then Routine may sound like, “When you’re dressed, your bed is made, your hair is combed, and your backpack and lunch box are by the door, then, breakfast will be served.  But remember, the kitchen closes at 7:15 so we have time to get to the bus!”

We love Positive Parenting Solutions here at Frecklebox, and a big part of why is that Amy McCready offers simple tactics that actually get you the results you want with your kids. If you’d like to read the article in its entirety, here it is.

And if you have any handy tricks for getting out the door on time, we’d love to hear them!

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