You know I’m an expert at wasting time but recently as part of a “Life Well Lived” series for Blogher, we were asked the following question:
What is the biggest time waster/issue you have when getting you and your family ready in the morning? What tips do you have to save time in the morning to get everyone out and ready on time?
My answer was this: When Chad was young, in late elementary or middle school, getting him up in the morning was a nightmare. I dreaded getting up because I knew the next thing I had to do was get Chad up. I’d go upstairs, wake him up, come back downstairs to fix breakfast, go back and wake him up again and make him promise he was actually getting into the shower the minute I left the room, go back downstairs, turn the bacon, go back upstairs to find that he had gone back to bed. You’ve probably been there.
Someone told me to get him his own alarm clock, have him set it and check it each night and get up on his own each morning. We did and we discussed with him what time he had to get up in order to shower and get dressed and be downstairs for breakfast by 7 a.m. There was probably some reward for doing it but the punishment for not doing it was that his bed time got moved up 30 minutes for each morning he didn’t get up, get dressed and get downstairs to eat breakfast on time. We explained to him that the only reason he should have for not getting up was that he needed more sleep so he would go to bed earlier and earlier til he got up on time. I remember us arguing at one point and I told him that if he had to get off the bus and go to bed, that was fine with me because he WAS going to get up on time. He hated going to bed early so having to go to bed 30 minutes early a few times worked for him.
It worked and it made my mornings so much easier.
Do you have any tips to share that help get your family (or just yourself) going in the morning? Take a moment and go over to the BlogHer Life Well Lived Series and see what others are saying on this topic. And, while you’re there, be sure to answer their question by leaving a comment about a Life Well Lived Moment and you will be entered to win a $250 Visa Card.