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    Default How do you get your kids going in the morning?

    It seems to be taking us FOREVER to get everyone going in the morning at the moment. I am always the last one dressed and to eat breakfast because it's always such a drama to get my 3yo to brush her teeth and hair, sit down long enough to eat a proper breakfast (she wants to play or watch TV instead) and get dressed. DH does his best but it's hard because ATM DD is clinging to me and doesn't want daddy's help with any 'serious' parenting (mind you, she begs him to play with her, though).

    How do you get your toddler going in the morning? I'm after any tips to make the transition smoother! This is the best I can come up with ATM:

    - lay her clothes out the night before
    - maybe get her dressed as soon as she wakes up, and before she heads downstairs
    - say "No TV/games until you've eaten your breakfast" (but I don't like the idea of associating food with blackmail...)
    - maybe say, "We can watch TV/play games AFTER we're all dressed and our teeth are brushed etc"
    - maybe put a healthy snack next to her bed to give her some energy as soon as she wakes up (?)

    Getting her to eat enough at breakfast time is a problem at the moment. I know she's hungry because about 15mins AFTER DH and I have finished our breakfast, she's begging for something to eat, and she won't touch the rest of her uneaten Weetbix! Grr!!

    All tips VERY gratefully received!

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    We have no TV on school mornings (aka weekdays) and no playing until dressed, breakfast eaten and teeth brushed.

    Definitely getting dressed straight away is a good start, although sometimes this means a shirt change after breakfast.

    Also the promise of a yummy breakfast gets my son moving. We do homemade pancakes or granola, scrambled eggs, fruit salad & homemade yoghurt etc. Its not time consuming stuff and is different to the usual toast/cereal.

    For my part I make sure I go to bed with a super tidy kitchen (dishwasher empty, decision made about whats for breakfast, lunchbox ready to be packed with snacks for preschool already made etc).

    Also if I know we've got to get out of the house early i'll wash my hair the night before and havethe house nice and tidy so all we've got to focus on is the morning stuff.

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    I find the biggest thing is no tv. Not blackmail, just a general no tv on a school morning or if we have to get ready quickly on a weekend to go somewhere. Its too big an attention drain and I found my kids just can't focus on what I'm saying and get moving if they're also watching tv. Once I was no longer competing with the tv I found it easier to get out the door on time.

    We get up, have breakfast straight away, then toilet and teeth and dressed. Then hair. And then they can play while I get ready.

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    Another one for no TV of a morning, although here its not till DS is ready to leave the house (he's often ready well before I am & it stops the nagging). It's not about associating getting ready/food with blackmail it's teaching them about priorities - breakfast is more important than their show.

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    We have no tv at all in the morning on weekdays even if they are ready early. No negotiations at all, it's not allowed on. Also I try and name breaky yummy (usually Bircher muesli, muesli with fruit and yogurt or porridge) but if you want to keep giving weetbix, tell her that's all there is. If she doesn't eat it and says she's hungry 10 mins later, give her the weetbix back. If she doesn't eat it, she mustn't be THAT hungry.

    lso used to have a list on the white board (in permanent marker) of things that needed doing (use pictures as well for littlies) that they can tick off each one as they do them. You could also try to make it a challenge and time her getting dressed etc and see if she can beat her previous times.

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    Just thought of other things we do, my some (who is 4) has little chores to do to help. He makes his bed, feeds his fish and packs his preschool bag himself. Ive had him doing little things like this since 3 and its a good way to get those small jobs done while giving him responsibility. We tick them off on his merit board also.

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    I have 3 under 4, at the moment we are out the house at 8am for a walk and play at the park. I find putting out everyones clothes in the morning including mine own a huge time saver and the boys 2&3.5 are motivated to eat their breakfast and listen to what I ask as they want to go to the park. We are back by 9am, feeling great and ready to start the day.

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    We have a no tv in the morning rule during the week. It simply isn't allowed on. On weekends and weekdays it's no tv or play until you are fully ready for the day. The quicker they get ready, the more time they have to play.

    Honestly, I think your biggest problem is that you turn the tv on and allow her to play before she's finished getting ready.

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    DD1 has a list with pictures and words of the things she needs to do each morning before the tv can be turned on.
    Her list has
    - make bed
    - get dressed
    - have breakfast
    - brush teeth
    - get hair done
    - tidy up lounge/play area

    She also has a list at night time too works well for us

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    I actually dress my kids the night before, I find it saves tantrums and a good 10 mins in the morning. Obviously it depends on the type of clothes they wear, but mine wear trackpants and jumpers at the moment, and so these are fine to sleep in too. Also works in spring when wearing leggings and tshirts etc. Once they start school I will have to change this, but it works for us for now.

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