Getting ready in the morning . . . .

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Getting ready in the morning . . . .
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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 1:50am
How much time does your child need to pull him/herself together and out the door for school? What is your child's school morning routine?

Curiousity rules!! LOL

Best Always,

Sherrie

co-CL

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 1:55am
We wake Sean up about an hour before he has to walk to the bus stop. He gets dressed (showered the night before), comes downstairs for breakfast and helps to prepare his lunch. If he doesn't dawdle and therefore has time he can play his Gameboy or watch a little tv before he heads out.

~Sherrie

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 6:25am
Depends on the day. Generally speaking, Kevin is 'capable' of getting up, dressed, eat breakfast, brush his hair and teeth, and be ready to walk out the door in 20 min. or less. Reality? It often takes him 20 min. to get out of bed. As middle school (which he just started) starts 30 min. later than elementary school (and 30 min. later than my office opens!) there are times that he is actually the last to leave the house. (I do make sure he's up, dressed, and ready to go before I leave or risk him going back to bed and forgetting to go!) He is also staying up later ... for one thing, he has more homework, and for another, he can sleep later, so if he's up 'til 10:00-10:30, it doesn't bother me as much as it did last year. He generally has 20-30 min. of 'free time' in the mornings ... and I am trying to teach him to use his time wisely ... use that time to do homework, study for tests, read books for projects. (He has a hard time working on things in advance. For instance, he has a project in language arts where he has to read a book and then do one of 12 listed projects. He's been given 3 weeks to complete this. Well, a week has passed and he's not even started the book. ARGH!)

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 11:19am
My little guy, Mr Mellow, AKA, Zippy the Wonder Slug, takes about an hour to get ready. Every day we run for the bus. He forgets what day it is, does he need his trumpet, or whatever. I need to post a schedule on the door. Our big fight is brushing the teeth. He likes to stand there and look at himself in the mirror, making faces maybe? I don't know why. Mornings are a bad thing and I need to figure out how to make them a better thing, lol. Sherrie, I really like your signature pictures, what a good looking family you have.
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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 12:36pm
About the same as you - we leave at 7:30, so I go in and gently get him up at 6:30 (they start an hour earlier than they did in K-5). He usually lays there a bit, but comes dressed to the kitchen for breakfast at 6:45, and we all eat together before dh leaves at 7. Then ds bumps around til 7:30 and we head out. Not bad so far, but it IS earlier and he had a full weekend last weekend, so he's been dragging a bit this week (only Week 2 for him).

Sue

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 12:46pm
Well, right now Sean is angling for a later bedtime, he just got it moved up to 9p around the beginning of the year. I told him that priviledges (such as a bedtime change) must first be earned with responsibilty (less stressful mornings). I had no idea just how badly he wanted to stay up later until this morning (see below). If he can keep it up for a week, he'll earn an additional half hour of staying up. Usually dawdling in our home can be cured with a reminder about the priviledge/responsibility connection and the very likely possibility of reverting to an earlier bedtime.

This morning he was up 10 minutes before I was going to wake him. He brought down his clothes to wash (which he forgot yesterday), he was already dressed for school and after starting his wash - got to work on his lunch, then breakfast. I asked if he needed help, and he told me he didn't. He then pulled all his homework together and put it in his folder. All without a single reminder from me. I'll have to admit it was hard to walk around with my jaw hanging on the floor but I managed (LOL). When I left for work, he was relaxing, watching TV and waiting for his friend (who walks to the same bus stop).

This was a sharp contrast to yesterday, when it took him 30 minutes to select and put on his pants and he almost didn't make it to the bus on time.

Thanks for peeking at the pictures and the wonderful compliment.

Best Always,

Sherrie






Edited 9/9/2003 12:50:55 PM ET by cl-iluv_being_a_mom

Sherrie Rainbow

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Tue, 09-09-2003 - 3:42pm
Stephen gets ready in about 35 minutes. I wake him up about 6:45. I pick out some clothes (he could care less--if he wanted to pick out his own, I'd have him do it the night before) as he's getting out of bed. He goes to the bathroom, showers, and gets dressed. Then we do his hair. (He puts the gel in and I run the hair dryer for a minute on it to help it stand up.) He eats breakfast, gets his shoes on, cleans his glasses and brushes his teeth. Then he puts his lunchbox in his backpack (and anything else he forgot to put in the night before) and we leave at 7:20. He's pretty fast in the morning, and by getting ready quickly, it allows him to sleep a little longer. He's going to bed at 9:00, which we started in 4th grade. He's now in 6th. Oh, and he used to make his bed, too, but I've gotten out of the habit over the summer. I need to start reminding them about that again.

Janet


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Sun, 09-14-2003 - 8:32pm
I wake S&R up at 6:30 if they're not already up. Generally, they are early risers and I don't have to wake them, but after vacationing in CA and returning to the east coast less than a week before school started, our internal clocks were out of wack! It takes them about 25-30 minutes to get ready for school. They shower at night, and pick out their clothes, so they just have to eat breakfast, brush teeth and wash faces, get dressed, finish packing up backpacks, grab a snack and lunch, and go. They also make their beds and put away their PJs. They need to leave the house by 7:10, and it's never a problem. This year, I'm having Rachel pack her lunch except for her sandwich, which I'll make (even though she can do it, I don't mind). Since I've been sick, she or dh have made her sandwich. (Sam buys his lunch.)

Bedtime was 9PM during the summer, but we've backed it up to 8:30 or so since they haven't been waking up on time yet. We'll see once the jet lag fades and we readjust to school schedules how it goes. It won't go later than 9PM, since they have to be up at 6:30. I want to allow them close to 10 hours sleep, even if they don't use it all the time.

I'm very glad we don't have morning issues in our house. I know how stressful that can be!

Janet

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