I never imagined that getting Win to put his school uniform on every morning would turn into such a battle. I thought he would get up, get dressed, and generally be quite good at making sure he is ready on time.
Getting out of our house in a morning is very much a team effort. Jared works for himself, so unless he is working away, or has an appointment, he does breakfast whilst I get dressed – then we swap. I finish everything off and make sure everyone is ready, then Jared walks Win to school.
Since Win learnt to dress himself I have (almost) always laid his clothes out the day before. I find it really helpful for both of us, and on Saturdays he can choose whatever he wants to wear from his drawer. I lay out his school uniform every night (unless it is still drying downstairs), and I naively thought this would prevent any fuss.
As with many things; children often don’t want to do things when they know what is expected of them. They like to do their own thing, and exercise their independence. Every morning was turning into a huge battle of wills, and I felt like I was getting frustrated and unnecessarily worked up.
The last few weeks we have been setting an alarm for 8.25am. Win knows by this point he need to be dressed with his shoes on. I have told him that I won’t nag him, or ask him to get dressed and it has made a huge difference to our mornings. He panics if he is still in his pyjamas, and rushes to get ready. Things still aren’t perfect, but they are certainly a massive improvement.
What tips do you have for getting your school goers ready in the morning? I would love to know your tricks!