Teaching Your Kids to Be Prompt

One thing that has always driven me crazy as a parent, is having that unavoidable delay that having a child produces. I have begun to question whether or not these situations really are unavoidable. I started trying a few of the tips I’m goign to share with you, on my children, and much to my surprise, it wasn’t long before my children were ready to go before anyone else in the family!

Establish some rules on promptness within in your family, and ensure that not only does everyone in the family understands the rules, but abides by them as well.

Wake up children early when you have morning outings. This will give you a few extra minutes to get them going.

Have your children lay out clothing that they will like to wear for the next day, that way when they wake up in the morning, they do not have to waste precious minutes rummaging through drawers and closets looking for something to wear.

Organize your own time and set a good example for your children to follow.

Make sure your child knows when certain events will occur. Verbal reminders are a great heads up. “Billy, the bus will be here in ten minutes!”

Make sure you establish a routine for your kids. Having the same events occur at the same time everyday will help keep them on track, and less likely to be late.

Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time each day in order to help your child organize his/her day.

Use a timer! This will help your child know how much time he/she has to get ready for an activity.

Have your child keep a checklist of things to do in order to get ready for school on time and put a star or check mark by each behavior after he/she completes it. Allow your child to trade in stars or check marks for rewards.

Try not to let your child get wrapped up in other activities is another one is coming up. Your child will need time to prepare and transition between activities.

Identify what keeps your child from getting ready on time and take appropriate steps to correct any problems. Carefully evaluate those things for which your child does not get ready on time. Try to find something that will make your child want to get ready on time for these activities.

Being involved is the most important key in helping your child in most situations. Setting a good example, communicating your expectations to your child, and awarding them for good behavior and mannerisms will help your child succeed in life!

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