Getting my kids in a reasonable school-morning routine that doesn’t involve yelling or shoving (gentle shoving, of course, in the direction of the front door) is a process that’s taken me years…and it’s still not quite perfect.
But along the way I’ve learned a few things about how I function best in the mornings. Consistent routines, for one. And some not-so-conventional strategies, like allowing just enough – but not too much – time for getting the kids ready and out the door. (For me, a half-hour, tops. Any more than that, and I lose track of time.)
I’ve written a post about our school-year morning routine – and how to manage mornings without yelling – over at iVillage.
From the post:
“Would you hurry up already?”
Yes, that’s been me, more times than I’d like to admit. Usually around 7:55 AM, five minutes before my kids have to leave for the bus, when one of them is still walking around looking for his math homework. Wearing one sock.
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