Getting Ready in the Morning - help!

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Registered: 05-11-2009
Getting Ready in the Morning - help!
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Wed, 06-09-2010 - 11:21am

Looking for some suggestions to help morning times go a little more smoothly around here!


My 5yo & 3yo are able to get up, get dressed, and get downstairs... with minimal amounts of cajoling & a healthy dose of siliness from us.

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Registered: 03-04-2009
Wed, 07-21-2010 - 2:03pm

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 4:58pm

I've recently read that preschooler do not have the concept of time as far as being late. With Logan I get as much ready the day before hand if needed... and then when its time to leave, I count to 3 if he's lagging behind. Once I get to 3 - the its my way (i use this for everything). I will either put his shoes on for him, grab his blanket and bring him out to the car (which he hates, but its very effective). Or I will grab his shoes and blanket and haul him out to the car and then put his shoes on after he's secured in the car. He also misses out on a snack for the car or going to the bathroom this way. Our daycare is very close to our house, so waiting another 5 minutes is usually not an issue.


I've also had issues with him getting dressed in the morning.. and I found that putting out all of his clothes and putting one peice on at a time works well. I'll ask him which one he wants to put on... then we put on his shirt. I'll tell him "in 5 minutes, I'm going to come back and we're going to put on another peice of clothes". and we repeat until he's fully dressed. You could add shoes into the mix too, if those are an issue. This is just our routine though ;)

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Registered: 10-30-2007
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 4:59pm
on another note, you could also offer a "reward" for getting ready... Like a special toy or book for the car...

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Registered: 06-09-2005
Thu, 07-22-2010 - 9:14pm
I use the 1.2.3 method. I tell my DS what needs to be done, one thing at a time. I give him a reasonable amount of time, if it's not done or being started I say "That's one", give him a little bit more time, and still nothing "That's two", then if it's still not being done, it is "That's three" then tell him what consequence he will get for not doing it. Usually it's 15 minutes earlier bedtime or no tv that night. That usually does the trick. I got the method from the book 123 magic. It took a while for both of my boys to get it, but I use it for pretty much everything now, and I don't have to raise my voice as much.

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