We try gently waking them. We let them sleep a little longer, and before we know it, the bus is coming down the street and we’re all making a mad dash out of the house with teeth half-brushed and homework marking a trail down the street as it falls out of unzipped backpacks.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Nightly preparation and following a strict routine can eliminate the chaos.
Try these tips from some local moms:
“I always begin school-year bed times and wake-up times two weeks before school starts, and we also stick to our a.m. routine all summer long. No matter what time they wake up, we do things in the same order.”
-Lisa Nesline, Lake Township
“I’ve had this for years — a homemade list of to-do items that I can simply refer to instead of naming everything they need to do (make bed, take back laundry, feed pets, get dressed, eat, clean up, brush teeth, hair, pack backpacks, be nice to sibling!).They no longer have this chart, but I simply refer to it as ‘did you do your chart-stuff yet?’ The TV before school is a definite no-no in our house. It’s nothing but a brain-zapper and they hear NOTHING I say when they’re “plugged-in”!
-Diane Adams, Plain Township
“Two common-sense suggestions: Make sure your kids get to bed at a decent time, and for girls in particular, have them pick out their outfit the night before.”
-Vicki Jones, Lake Township
“The best way to wake the kids up is to give them a reason — whether it is pajama day at school or perhaps library or gym day — whatever your child loves, they will want to wake up for it (most of the time)!”
-Diana Tsenekos, North Canton
“Mark on lunch menu ahead of time whether your child is buying or not. I found that it kept me more aware of the time, especially if I had more than one lunch to pack.”
-Becky Duro, Lake Township
“If you have more than one child, wake them up at different times according to who needs the most time to get ready. This also cuts down on the commotion in the bathrooms and breakfast table.”
-Kim O’Reilly, Lake Township