getting up for school

Kendra - posted on 10/01/2009 ( 6 moms have responded )

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every morning is a battle with my 5yr old..getting her up takes forever, she's very hateful and smart mouthed ... and wont even brush her teeth, I've got to do it. after she is ready she calms down. but how do I get through the morning without a fight?

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Kendra - posted on 10/02/2009

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thank you for all the help..she's made a friend in the neighborhood so I now use that as leverage. If she doesn't behave she doesn't get to play. Its working pretty good so far...lol

Noel - posted on 10/01/2009

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I try making my son pick out his clothes the night before. Therefore in the morning he just has to put on his clothes. As for brushing his teeth he got a chart for the days of the week with reusable stickers for night and day. As long as he can put the stickers on he usually is happy to brush. He absolutely loves mouth wash and gurgling it. So I use that as a perk as well. Once he all dressed and brushed he gets to watch some cartoons while eating his breakfast. If he doesn't cooperate then he doesn't get the cartoons.

Theresa - posted on 10/01/2009

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Is she getting enough sleep? A lot of the time, nasty behavior in the morning is related to how tired a person is, no matter how old they are. For a five year old, a seven o'clock bedtime is ideal for the child and the parents.
At that age, when my daughter tried to be rude and hateful, I would typically tell her that is she didn't straighten up, that I was going to sell her to the gypsies. That usually worried her enough to start behaving, since she wasn't exactly sure what a gypsy was. Of course, now she has a better idea, and has decided that gypsy life might not be so bad, so I've told her that I couldn't pay the gypsies to take her now, and that if she won't brush her hair, dress in clean clothes, or make an attempt at bathing or showering, that the cops will come and take me away, and she'll have to go live in an orphanage. That set her straight. :)

Jennafer - posted on 10/01/2009

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I am with Helen on this one. This is my oldest 7th year in school and my youngest 3rd and they are all the same all I can say is it does get better. Now my children get there self dressed and ready all by there self, while I do a load of dishes start the landry and check backpacks. I remember how bad mornings where hang in there this too shall pass.

Helen - posted on 10/01/2009

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i ave a more harse approach to naughty behaviour like if my kids dont want to eat their breaky then thats tough they will b hungary till snack time if they dont want to get dressed then fine i tell them they will b laughed at at school for wearing their pjs an if they dont brush thier teeth then they will fall out an so on i know it sounds very cruel but they soon start to realise oh an always add in the convo that its thier choice if they dont want to do wat ever it is u want tell them the conciquence then let them decide for them selfs my eldest two now do exactly wat i want however think its their choice

Kobie - posted on 10/01/2009

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i am soooo in the same boat.

First i tried rewarding if u eat your breaky you can watch 5 mins of cartoons after 5mins TV off and next job etc. Lots of encouragement 4 even the slightest attempt 2 get ready. If we had a fair morning i would say great job for that we can have a play at the park after school.

I still do these but not 2 the same extent, i discovered my little boys favourite song, now the alarm is set 2 that song and he gets up dancing, on a sleepy day he mite sing along half asleep, but a little tickle gets him up. We have a little dance or jump on the bed then get stuck into it.

Please believe me it does get easier....eventually =)

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