|And oh yeah, put on your shoes!|
I do. So, when I saw the school year approaching (with an early morning exit required), I decided to make some changes.
These printable morning routine cards, from I Can Teach My Child are the bomb. Ours are simply taped to the wall, but you may want to follow Jenae's advice and laminate/magnetize yours. (I will laminate mine soon, as I want them to last!) I showed them to the boys a few days before school started, and told them that these four things must be done before we can leave the house. We practiced during those last few summer days, and they got accustomed to doing "the four things" ON THEIR OWN.
Now, about 15 minutes before we need to leave, I simply say, "Have you done your four things?" and they hop to it. The cards give them a visual check list, so I don't have to follow them around like an exhausted and cranky task master. What a welcome change for me and for them. As they work their way down the list, they often report on their progress, "Look! I'm dressed!" or "Come see my bed!"
The key - as in most parenting issues - is to be consistent. We cannot leave until "the four things" are done. Enforcing that takes time, but a few late arrivals at the end of the summer have resulted in a much smoother morning routine this school year. Hooray! for that. It works for me.
How do you get your kids out the door on time?