I call it the SWAMP! I feel totally sucked in by all the things to do and left undone when I leave the house. Physically, it is like walking through water with weights on. I am pushing with my arms, my legs and my mind to just get out the door. Don’t ask me anything I am focused!
#5 Getting Ready Starts the Night Before
Find Shoes, Coats, Backpacks
Pick out clothes
Check homework to make sure no surprises
Moms do exactly what you tell your kids to do!
#4 GO TO BED
#3 Plan Extra Time
For the kid who just takes a bit to get going in the morning
For the one who needs to snuggle a bit after the alarm
For the last minute thing that will crop up
For finding the permission slip, mascara, or tooth brush
For You, MOM, to handle the text or email or phone call
#2 Write a backwards time line
7:00 Dressing (with shoes)
#1 Work as a TEAM
Just leave. Leave the room messy. Dishes in the sink. Clothes in a pile. If it is the difference between yelling and starting the day in peace, just leave it!
Remember June Clever Had a Script Writer!
Not all days will be perfect but, I promise you if you make an effort to get the whole family involved in the planning and the rewards of time management there will be more on-time days than not. We can show grace to our children and ourselves on the days it all falls apart too. We can also say no to the swamp! Self limiting is the key to being on time!
Triggers is the book for you if being late also “triggers” a deep frustration in you. Buy it with the study guide! Practical help for everyday frustrations.