Get Your Kids Out The Door Happy And On Time With THIS

The terrible-horrible-very-bad-worst part of our morning is when I announce "Time to go!"

We all simultaneously lose our brain cells.

One kid can't find his shoe, the other his h
omework, and the third decides to take a firm stance against why kids have to go to school anyway. Common sense and patience die and I find myself out-of-body looking down on a crazy woman yelling: "Get in the car! Right now!" I hate that the last words my kids hear when I drop them off at school are: "Remember, a bad moment (our morning) is just a bad moment. It doesn't mean you're going to have a bad day. Goodbye! Love you!" (Big cheesy smile to make up for all the yelling.) 

Somebody help.

You know how some books you read fast because you can't wait to hear the end of the story? Then other books you read slowly because you want to savor the words? Reading Present over Perfect you'll pace yourself willing the nourishment not to end. It's a must-read for all women! 

We've tried all the tricks: getting ready the night before, allowing more time in the morning... No dice, for us. I've been thinking about why when given a FULL THIRTY MINUTES, we can't leave without tears. My conclusion is: My kids' only morning priority is to play. They wake up early to transform Optimus Prime, shoot hoops, or protect our home from our sweet retired neighbors. 

So, getting ready is like having a big, fat fly buzzing around their heads. They might start the process but soon their shooing away the thought of fixing their hair and grabbing their lunchboxes to hurry back to play.

So, this year – I knew we needed to get on the same page: Get Ready First. Play Second. But how do we get there? 

Enter the heroine of this story: THE LIST 

Of course, a friend gave me this idea. When deep in the I-hate-can-we-play-video-games-whining conversation, she flashed her phone in front of me with a beautiful list that her children must finish before screen time.

Then, angels started singing, the skies parted and streaks of light came down spotlighting THE LIST. (People and their ideas are ah-maze-ing.)

I'd love to email you all 5 of these fantastic freebies: 3 beautiful inspirational printables, one list to help you get your kids out the door happy and one time, and a list of creative questions to help you get to know your kid better. Sign up for these 5 fantastic freebies here. 

So, I made my own. This checklist is what my kids MUST FINISH BEFORE THEY CAN PLAY.

We're on week 4 and it's working beautifully.

But what about you? What is the thing that sends you out-of-body yelling at your kids? Grab your free list here so it can become your heroine too for:

  • The bedtime routine.
  • Homework.
  • Practicing their instrument. (Or other interests.)
  • Chores.
  • Encouraging your kid to be ready on time for soccer. (Or other activities.)
  • Screen time.
  • Whatever.

The crazy lady is gone in the morning. (Well, mostly...) 

My brain cells have been restored. (Again, mostly...) 

So, I can save my yelling for another time. Like when the orange, bouncy ball bounces down our sloped driveway out into the street... 


That's a phrase worth screaming.


PS - If you have a moment, check out an article I wrote that's particularly near and dear to my heart: To the Moms of Babies (Also for moms who miss the baby stage.)

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1 comment:

  1. Cheryl, you are so awesome! Love reading your posts.