Yes, you can get your kindergartener out the door on time. Let the mad dash to school begin! For most parents, mornings are especially difficult because you and your child have very different agendas. You need to get yourself to work and your child to school on time and you are focused on getting everyone out the door without being late. Your child, however, is probably hoping to play with the cat or catch some more Zz’s. When he should be putting on his shoes, he might instead be found organizing his rock collection or dancing barefoot around his room.

Dawdling and living in the moment are standard operating procedure for 5 and 6-year-olds. Children at this age have no real sense of time or urgency. Because they have not yet developed organizational skills and can have a hard time with transitions, multitasking is not easy. Kindergarteners are also still learning to delay gratification, which makes it hard for them to choose what they should be doing and not what they want to be doing.

Overseeing the family’s morning routine can be stressful. Since your child will feed off your energy, try to stay as calm and relaxed as possible. Make sure the directions you give are concise and firm. In difficult moments, remember that your child is not intentionally trying to make you late; sometimes kids just run on their own schedules.

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Morning Management

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