During the school year, our mornings are stressful because it seems like I’m getting four of us ready to get out the door on time. Or three kids and the hope that I’ll make it out of my pajamas.
I’ve given my kids more responsibility, getting their backpacks packed, getting dressed, getting their shoes on, all that sort of thing.
But because we actually have to be at school on time, I’d end up helping.
I’d read blog posts about how you need to make your kids responsible for being on time and if they can’t, then they have to suffer the consequences.
The problem with that is the only one really having to deal with the consequences of being late during the school year is me. There isn’t detention or taking away of privileges like participating in sports practices like what happens at the middle/high school. Instead, I have to go inside the school and sign my kids in(which means I really had better gotten out of those pajamas) and if the two big kids are late, they make the youngest late for his school, meaning I have to deal with an insane drop-off line at preschool.
So, much as I’d tried to make them responsible for getting themselves ready for school, I’d still end up helping out way too much.
But in summer. Ah, glorious summer.
Oh, boys, you want to go to the pool? Sounds great! But we have to leave the house by 10 or we aren’t going. So, you need to eat breakfast, brush your teeth, put on your swim trunks, a t-shirt, and your flip flops, gather together whatever toys you want to take, and be ready to leave before 10.
No reminders, no nagging, definitely no yelling. They can either do it or they don’t.
The goal is, by the end of the summer, they’ve gotten used to getting themselves ready and out the door in a reasonable amount of time so that when school rolls around again, I only have to worry about getting myself out the door in something other than pajamas because the kids will be able to do it all on their own.