As I mentioned last week, now is a good time to review your routines. I was talking with some moms last week as they were discussing how their children liked their preschools and their teachers. One of the moms mentioned that things at school were going great, but it was hard to get her child out the door in the morning. “He cries and doesn’t want to go, but once he is there he is fine and goes right into playing with the other children.”
For this mom, I had the following advice:
- If your routine isn’t working, change it.
- Remind your child of the expectations in the morning.
- Have things ready the night before (lunch and breakfast, clothes, school bag, sports equipment, etc.) to take the guess-work out of the morning.
- Only leave enough time to get ready and get out the door. There is no need to rush, but stay focused.
- Keep the routine consistent.
- Realize that it is not that your child does not want to go to school, rather they want you to give in to them.
- Keep your discipline consistent and have consequences for not following directions.
If this is an issue that you are also experiencing, I encourage you to employ the ideas above. Look to see where your child usually breaks down and eliminate that area. Make the morning fly by so that there isn’t time to think about putting up a fight or crying about going to school. Your situation may differ from the one presented here so contact me to get personalized strategies for your family.
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