We are mid-way through week two of school and have made it to school early every day so far. I am sure this will be an unblemished track record in ten months time… It is extremely frustrating for me when i can’t get places on time. It is especially frustrating when I have limited control over the departure time. I adopted a new strategy this year for managing the morning routine and so far it is working.
On Labour Day weekend, the girls and I sat down and figured out all the things we need to do in the morning before we can get to school. Then they wrote out each of those things on a slip of paper. We talked about the order in which those things should happen and glued them onto a piece of bristol board.
Once we had them in the right order, we talked about whether they wanted to be at school right on time or if they wanted some time to play at school before the bell rang. They decided they would like to have some play time. So then we figured out how much time it takes us to get to school on an average day (10 minutes) and what time we would need to leave so that they could have play time.
From that we worked backwards figuring out how much time they needed/wanted to complete each task and a bit of unassigned time for grumbling and being dragged out of bed. All of that gave us the time they needed to get out of bed.
So now we have our master chart for times and tasks and they have been doing a great job getting things done, for the most part without reminding. They have been ready to go before our scheduled departure time every day since school started and my mornings have been stress-free. I know this won’t last and there will be many days where I am dragging them out of the house or out of bed. I will be happy if 50% of school days are like the last week. It will be so much better.
Now I just have to remember to make lunch every night so that I am not the one dragging us down in the morning…