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Motivation for your Morning Routine

11/28/2016 12:15PM, Published by Hood Magazine, Categories: Family, Parenting, In Print, Today




By Jason Dybsetter, LifeScape 

 





It wasn’t until I became a parent that I realized what an “adventure” it can be getting everyone in a family ready for the day and out the door on time each morning. Ensuring everyone is fed, showered, teeth-brushed and dressed can be a tall order, and delays in the process can be stressful for parents and kids alike. With a little planning and recognition of common pitfalls, however, your family’s morning routine will cease to be a source of frustration and may even become a pleasant experience.


 
Expectations


It’s important that everyone knows what is expected of them each morning and that those expectations are consistent. If you or your kids have difficulty remembering to complete a step in the process, use a list or schedule as a reminder. If your child has difficulty with a particular part of the routine, make sure you’re available to help them and practice the skill at a time when there’s no risk of being late. Clarity and consistency of expectations are essential to any successful routine.


 
Distractions


Our current technological age, with its iPads, computers, TVs, and video games, has no shortage of distractions. These distractions are all more entertaining than the mundane steps of the morning routine. It’s essential that you as the parent have control of these distractions and make them unavailable until the steps of the routine are completed. If that means taking power cords to TVs or controllers to video games, do so. Minimizing and controlling distractions to the routine are a must.
 


Limits


To further increase your family’s chance of success, find ways to motivate timely and quality completion of the routine. Those distractions you removed during the routine can be delivered after your kids are ready if there’s still time before leaving for the day. You need to set clear limits on how long they have, but a few minutes on the iPad as a reward can be a big help. You can take the idea of a motivation a step further if needed. Make a deal with your kids that if they’re ready on time a certain number of days in a week, you’ll go for ice cream or a movie on Friday. Make sure the goal is realistic – if you’re never ready on time, don’t expect to have 5 successful days right away. When successful, gradually increase the expectation, and, as always, stick to your word.




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