The Power of Ten Minutes
March 15, 2011 · Posted in K-5 Kids, Parenting, Preschoolers · Permalink

Mornings are jam packed with “to do’s” once your children are in school. Parents often complain that it feels like a whole day has happened from the time they get up to the time they get out the door. Tons of tasks, a clear deadline, the natural slowness and non-linear way kids operate, can feel overwhelming. Often parents who have the responsibility of getting themselves and their children totally ready to walk out the door by 8:15 AM are trying to accomplish too much in too short a time. They end up frustrated and short-tempered and somehow the blame is on the son who had to run and get his Lego, or the daughter who hates how her shoes feel. Time has to be built in for these bumps, as they are the rule with children, not the exception.

The best way to tame the beast of the morning is to get there first. Getting up at least ten minutes before your children will make a huge difference. We all know that when kids are the alarm clock -poking you to get up – you are dead in the water! A cup of coffee, a quick shower, making lunches or breakfast – before the kids are up – can make all the difference in the world. This way, your children awake to a day already in progress. You are ready (or at least able) to greet them. You are in charge and can shepherd them through the twists and turns of morning. You are ahead of the game. Of course, if you need more time to make sure you are ready for the before them, take it. Either way, you will be surprised at the difference even ten minutes makes.

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