Morning Problems

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Registered: 01-06-2009
Morning Problems
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Tue, 01-06-2009 - 8:22pm
My son is good about getting up in the mornings and eating breakfast. However, once it is time to brush teeth and get dressed, he becomes a crazed 6-year-old. He whines and complains, tries every stalling tactic he can think of, and often breaks down and cries. These actions lead to fights between us, and I don't like for either of us to start our days on such negative notes. I am not sure what to do. Of course I am trying to get us both out the door so I can take him to school and then get to work, but usually we end up leaving late because of these morning tantrums. I have tried all kinds of things -- no TV until he has eaten and gotten dressed. Brush teeth first thing after waking up. Getting him up earlier. It never seems to help. Does anyone have any advice?
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Registered: 12-12-2008
Wed, 01-07-2009 - 1:41am

My son just turned 7 in December, 1st grade. I go and wake him up around 7:20 and he has to leave for the bus stop around 7:45.


I have my son get dressed as soon as he rolls out of bed (they are already laid out on the floor by his closet, underwear, socks, pants and shirt.) I brush his hair in the upstairs hallway bathroom, grab his toothbrush ( slather it with toothpaste), then we go downstairs together.

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Registered: 01-07-2009
Wed, 01-07-2009 - 10:19am

I have two kids who are slow to warm up in the morning.

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Wed, 01-07-2009 - 4:10pm
My DD is NOT a morning person. However, both my DH & I work outside of the home & we all must get up early & get going. We wake her up, giving her another 15-20 mins to actually get out of bed. I lay her clothes out the night before, and make sure she has looked at them so that there aren't the "I don't want to wear that" fights. after she is dressed & brushes her teeth she eats something small, usually a bagel & some juice, and brushes her teeth. IF there is time after all of that is done, she can watch tv, but otherwise she doesn't. We found that allowing her to watch tv in the morning just held things up too much. She would always want to watch longer, and we would be later, and later. So I would advise using tv as a reward for getting completely ready, including shoes, coat, bookbag, etc... (as we also seem to have trouble doing all that in our house). If he does everything you need him to do, then he can watch until you are ready to go.
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Registered: 04-02-2008
Fri, 01-09-2009 - 5:11pm

It can be quite the power struggle in the mornings, can't it?

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