How much time do your kids need in the morning to get ready?

Amy - posted on 08/10/2012 ( 7 moms have responded )

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My son is starting 1st grade this year but it's going to be a huge adjustment because last year kindergarten was only a 1/2 day and he was afternoon. Most days now we start bedtime at 8:30 and he sleeps till about 8 in the morning. He'll be getting on the bus by 7:45 in the am, I am thinking about setting the alarm for 7:30 for 3 or 4 days and starting bedtime at 8, then setting the alarm for 7 and starting bedtime at 7:30. How much time should I give him in the morning to get ready, is 45 minutes enough to eat breakfast and get ready or should I be waking him earlier? And is a 7:30 bedtime too late, we are not a morning family so this is going to be really difficult, any advice would be appreciated.

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Roxanna - posted on 08/19/2012

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I never really had to deal with this issue, but this is what I do. I have to be at work by 8AM, only 7 miles away, but with my husband working nights, I have to take the youngest to school. She is out of district and I have to drive her over. The earliest I can drop her off is 7:15. I get her up at 6:15, her clothes have been laid out the night before, hair has been done the night before, too. Brush teeth, have breakfast and we are out the door. My daughter is 9 and she needs at least 10 hours of sleep, bedtime is usually 8 to 9 depending on her level of activity that day.
try to organize yourself, too. Shower the night before, lay out your clothes. Have the kids do the same. Prepare some quick grab and go breakfast things, make muffins, cereal, etc. Some mornings its a yogurt smoothie with a banana or mufin!

Erin - posted on 08/11/2012

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I would plan for a little more time at first just to be on the safe side. Especially if you're not morning people. See, I'm an oddball and always give myself an additional half hour or so when I have to get up in the morning....just so I can wake up! My daughter takes about 45 minutes to an hour to get ready, but I have to wake her up a bit earlier because it takes her forever just to crawl out of bed lol. I gave up trying to fight with her and just started getting her up a little earlier. You can always tweak the time you need to get up once you see how your new routine is going to work.

Andrea - posted on 08/14/2012

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My daughter needs to woke at 6 am. She doesnt like to rush and it takes her a while to get going. We leave at 7:20-7:25 each morning. She goes to bed at 8:00. It works great for us. My ss9 goes to bed at 8:15 and gets up at 6:50. He doesnt need much time in the mornings and prefers to eat at school since he has to sit there anyway.

Michelle - posted on 08/10/2012

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My son takes exactly 1 half hour from the time I get him out of bed to the time we have to leave he is up at 6:30 and we are out the door by 7, he used to go to bed at 8:30 but that was when he was 8-9 now at 11 he goes to bed at 9-9:30

Dove - posted on 08/10/2012

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My middle schooler takes about 45 minutes from the time the alarm goes off til she's out the door for the bus. Prior to this year I did wake up as to allow an hour to get ready. Bedtime depends entirely on his particular sleep needs. My oldest had a bedtime of 6:30 up until she was 6.5 cuz she had to be up at 6:30 and needed 12 hours of sleep. :)

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Julie - posted on 08/20/2012

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10-12 hours of sleep is what a child that age needs.
45 minutes is enough time, but I would schedule an hour to leave room for play and not stress out.

Amy - posted on 08/10/2012

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There is no way we can do a 6:30 bedtime I'm not even out of work some days by then, maybe I'll just drive him to school, lol.

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