3 Ways to Get Your Kids Out of Bed and off to School.
Susie E. Caron (c) 12/7/14
Do you have kids who do not like to wake up and go to school? There are lots of reasons they might stay in bed, or not cooperate in the morning rush. However unless they have a fever, or a virus that has them living in the bathroom for the day, the reasons are not as important as how to change their behavior. These 3 simple ideas really work.
#1: If all your kids are resistant. Sing! That's right, sing a lovely morning song, or your favorite nursery rhyme, or a popular song. If you do so while you turn on lights, remove their covers, and welcome them into the day with your own version of cheerfulness, they will get out of bed. At some point, (such as when you are in the car with them) suggest that if they don't want you singing then they are welcome to get out of bed, get dressed and get ready for school before you begin.
Idea #2: If you have a few children, but only one morning-resistant child, ask that child this: "What would help you to get out of bed and get ready for school?" Let your child know you are absolutely sincere in asking this question. The children I've known haven't asked for trips to Disney for this. They usually want a special food, or opportunity to play an electronic game or watch a TV show. When they tell you what would help, agree to provide it. But also explain that you will do your part and you expect that this child will also do their part without difficulty. If the child doesn't hold up to the bargain, then the treat is removed until the next day. One parent I know asked her child, who replied, "I want to go to the library with you on Saturdays to get books." I'd say that was a win, win for both parent and child.
#3 Make them breakfast. I know you are busy, and rushed and making breakfast does not seem like a reasonable idea. However, all the research about eating breakfast proves it’s a win, win as well for you both. Cooking bacon, whole grain pancakes, or even English muffin pizzas, makes the whole house smell wonderful and that will entice your little ones to get up and going. Breakfast that tastes good, and is something your kids enjoy, plus your active presence while they eat, also gives them a happy send off to their day at school. We both know that is what you want for them everyday.
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Twee' Means You & Me
Susie E. Caron
Susie E. Caron
These are from my former life with many current memories and helps for parents.
I retired from teaching, became a psychotherapist treating children and families and an author. After retiring I became a full time artist.
I recently reopened this parenting blog because I believe wisdom is to be shared.
Author of Chidren's Books,
Christian, Wife, & Mother, I want to help you build parent-child relationships, 1 blog, & books at a time.
When I'm not busy creating articles or paintings, you might find me looking for dark chocolate or playing with my Boxer, Josie.
These articles are for educational and self-help purposes only and are not intended as psychotherapy.
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July 13 at 7:17pm ·
Just wanted to say that I love your posts about the different ways to connect/relate/understand your child. It has given me a new approach towards understanding my daughter and allowing HER to tell me how she feels instead of me suggesting to her how she should feel. Thanks Susie!