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Old 02-24-2011, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia, PA
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I have had it with trying to get the kids ready for school in the morning! DS5 isn't so much of a problem. It is my 7 yo who is on my last nerve. They get up around 6-6:30 and watch TV. DH goes in around 7:00 to get them breakfast. DS7 eats REALLY slowly. Often I call him up to shower at 7:45 and he says he's still eating! Then he spends, no joke, about 30 minutes in the shower/bath. I have had to go in and tell him to get out up to 4 times during 1 bath. He just forgets or ignores me, or has no concept of "2 more minutes." While getting ready myself, I have to check on him every 5 minutes to see if he's making progress. He ALWAYS forgets something and I have to call him back upstairs.

I made a poster with pictures of what he has to do and hung it in the hall. I made a check list where he can check off what he has done every morning. I've offered rewards if he can ever get it all done. He hasn't yet. We don't have to leave for school until 8:45, so he has about 2 hours to get ready and we still have these issues.

I just told them that starting tomorrow, NO TV in the morning until they are completely ready. We'll see if that works.
Your 7yo reminds me of...me when I was that age! My mom always said that I was very slow at getting ready in the morning. And to the poster that said "if he's like this at 7, he'll be like this at 25 (if nothing changes)"...you're right. 15 years later, I'm still very slow at getting ready in the morning 99% of the time. Having your son take showers at night would help, as well as not letting him watch TV in the morning. Also, have him organize his bookbag and his outfit for the day the night before.That way he can sleep in a little in the morning instead of having to get up early to do all of these things.

Your son is definitely NOT a morning person, that's for sure! But a tweak in his routine will be helpful to him later down the road.

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Old 03-19-2011, 06:35 AM
 
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hello,

i have developed an app for the iphone/ipod/ipad called "Wakey-Wakey" which helps kids with their morning routine, and helps them gain time management skills, i have tried it with my own kids and found they try harder (and succeed) to get to the door on time, after they accomplish their morning chores with less stress, and it makes it a more joyful experience for them,

app store link: [url=http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/wakey-wakey/id424436770?mt=8&ls=1]Wakey-Wakey for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store[/url]
web site link: [url]http://www.obyect.com[/url]

Shay.BC
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