How can I get my child off to school on time without rushing and feeling stressed?
Regardless of what system you employ or how hard you try, you end up leaving late. All morning chores and rituals never seem to get done, and you’re just not ready.
Possible Solution: Change your wake-up time to one hour earlier and then relax and enjoy your morning.
Use any of your newfound extra time to catch up on anything that still needs to be done and then in a relaxed happy manner, sit with your child one-half hour earlier on your favorite sofa or chair and enjoy, enjoy, enjoy!
A new person?
Absolutely yes. Imagine when this kind of schedule kicks in and you both look forward to having that special time together before you have to go out the door. Just picture not rushing and the sheer joy of a relaxed morning routine. A one-hour ahead wake-up time, and you and your child will be as good as new. Very nice!
Refer to Pillar # 6 – Identify the cause of the problem, the real reason for your child’s mistaken behavior.
In this case, not enough time was allotted to getting things done without rushing or feeling stressed.
What is nice about all the pillars is that they guide you toward simple answers that could otherwise be hard to find.
- Set up for success.
- Make expectations clear.
- Use praise and encouragement appropriately.
- Make your child feel needed.
- Separate the behavior from the child.
- Identify the cause of the mistaken behavior.
- Listen and communicate.
- Be positive, warm and supportive.
- Be a person and not a god.
- Change the environment
- Use the sandwich method for supervision.
- Be a part of the solution.
- React with humor when appropriate.
- Miss a reward.
NOTE: There are 15 Pillars of Parenting. These were well-researched in the 1990’s and were fully explained in two different parenting books: Parent Involvement Begins at Birth and Constructive Parenting, both published by Allyn & Bacon.
~ Dr. Sally