Morning Rituals

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Well, the morning with my oldest son.
My kids are both up at around 6:30 am, and then they set to playing and fighting while I finish my workout. Then, Conner’s supposed to started piano and get ready while I’m getting ready.
But it doesn’t happen.
Well, the fighting happens. I wake-up early to work out, but they always wake up too early too and end-up driving me insane.
So I have banned playing in the morning. I don’t know what else to do? Conner is consistently not ready for school, has lost some component of his homework and is blaming it on me. We need to leave around 8:10 so you can see they probably have too much time on their hands from their early morning exploits.
I am going to have a nice heart to heart with Conner after school this afternoon, outlining what I need to be done, and him sharing his concerns.
But what works for you in the morning? I am husbandless, and I worry even more about doing it once the baby comes (which, I am aware is like 6 months away, but regardless).
Anyway, tips ladies?

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  1. says

    We have one that has to leave at 7:30 and the othersleave at 8:45.

    But, we too ban playing in the morning.

    I have made a list of things to do in the morning, and it includes things that they NEVER have time to do…but in the off chance they should have some free time…they are kept busy until they have to go.

    This means, they have to get up, eat breakfast, make lunch, brush teeth, get backpacks ready, do a morning chore, and practice the piano.

    If there is any time left, then they can clean their rooms and make their beds.

    It’s a lot, but then it leaves our afternoons free to do homework and play.

    I think we are all happier for it.

  2. says

    I think the busier you keep them, the better. I print out a detailed schedule, which I sometimes put in a page protector or laminate and let them check off the items they’ve accomplished. Dallin leaves by 7:30 now, so he doesn’t have time for anything but getting dressed, saying prayers, making his bed and eating breakfast. We have a strict no t.v./computer policy before school and my boys really respond to seeing their agenda outlined and getting to check it off as they accomplish it. Also if all “to-do’s” aren’t checked off they don’t get their afternoon t.v. time, which is a big motivator.

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