Getting the kids to school on-time is challenging for every parent, especially when the kids just don’t want to go. Without fail your otherwise healthy child will develop an incurable, un-identifiable illness that only happens on school mornings.
Thankfully for you, I have gone through almost all of the tried and tested methods of getting kids to school in the most pain-free way as possible and have finally found a solution that ACTUALLY WORKS!
Follow this advice and you will find you are rarely late for school anymore and the mornings are a whole lot less stressful for everyone. Don’t believe me? Read on and try it for yourself.
School mornings are never fun…especially MONDAYS!
I speak from experience when I say that.
In the past, getting my kids out the door for school
was all fun and games has been so bad I have found either myself or them reduced to tears.
I’d lock myself away in the bathroom and cry like a baby whilst my children would be hacking at me from outside the door like a group of over hyper, hungry zombies looking for their next meal.
I felt like I was losing control and the kids were loving it. For them, it was the perfect excuse to run riot and cause utter chaos and be late for school in the process.
This is a step by step account of one of our OLD school morning routines (ok, it’s as far from a routine as it could possibly be)…
I had to do something to stop this pattern, it was so stressful for everyone and I knew it was all my fault and also my responsibility to do something about it.
So…how did I turn this horrible situation around?
Well firstly, I decided enough was enough and second, I realised that there was no reason that the kids couldn’t help out in the morning.
After all, being on time to school benefits them and allows them to settle into their day without all the stress and arguing in the morning.
If your kiddies are aged 5 upwards then they are capable of helping and mostly getting themselves ready.
If your children are 7 upwards then do not be afraid to ask them to help out with the younger ones.
They can put on their little sibling’s coat with no problem and help with getting them dressed.
Remember, getting to school on time is in everybody’s interest. While you get ready and make packed lunches and breakfast for those who need help, expect help and assistance in return. It will do them good!
The most effective way I found to get my children to take responsibility and help out during school mornings was to create a tick chart with a reward. I had tried many charts and reward systems but every one of them fell flat sooner or later.
None of them allowed for any lasting changes in behaviour, so I developed my own and it has been LIFE CHANGING!
My children LOVED the challenge of getting all the boxes ticked. I have never seen my kids so enthusiastic to get ready for school and they were almost always ready and waiting at the door on time or earlier… Depending on the reward of course!
A good reward could be 50p per day achieved. Or a small biscuit or treat before school.
Using money as a reward is a great way for your kids to earn their pocket money and get a sense of achievement for earning the money themselves.
Following this chart will also teach your children about time management, preparing them for the future when they will need to be self-motivated to make deadlines.
After using this chart system for about two months, I found that my kids were no longer ticking their boxes but still getting ready in good time. The system had become a habit and it is a habit that endures to this day.
Now EVERY morning is pretty pain-free, sure there are always unexpected things that crop up but we are all better equipped to deal with them when everything else is under control.
Are you ready to leave school morning stress behind? I’ve created a complete pack that you can download and have instantly. This pack will show you how you can implement this method right away and maintain it until easy school mornings become a habit for your children.
This method has been so effective in our home, I cannot wait to hear how it changes your school mornings for the better 🙂