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What Do You Allow in the Morning Before School?

I'm curious to see what everyone else allows in the morning before school. Ex. Tv, Electronics, Games, etc.... I normally don't allow anything except for a little tv after they are completely ready. I find that if I do allow something more, we end up running late because they get so involved in whatever they are playing or doing. I'm generally getting a lot of kick back about them not getting to do whatever. Am I being too strict?

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Once she was ready to go, she could do whatever she wanted, with the understanding that when I said it was tme to go, she ahd to stop, even if she was in the middle of something.

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whatever they wanted IF they were completely ready to go in time.
as long as they had completed their morning routine i didn't need to police 'em past that.
khairete
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Ha! We have absolutely no time for any "extras" in the morning. My son is usually running out the door with toast & jelly & a bottle of water. If we had time, I wouldn't care what they did.

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Once she was ready to go, she could do whatever she wanted, with the understanding that when I said it was tme to go, she ahd to stop, even if she was in the middle of something.

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Once they are finished getting ready...and officially "walking out the door ready" then they can be on tv, computer,video games, play with the chickens or twiddle their thumbs. I don't care...just be ready when it is time to walk out the door.

It is all about teaching them to monitor their time and be accountable for getting themselves ready. Then they can reap a "reward".

Our kids love their free time before their school day begins.

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I let them play what they want as long as they are fully ready for school. I find it's a good motivator. The faster they get ready, the more time they have to play. If they dawdle and procrastinate, then they can't play because they've wasted all their time. Natural consequences built in.

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Ha! We have absolutely no time for any "extras" in the morning. My son is usually running out the door with toast & jelly & a bottle of water. If we had time, I wouldn't care what they did.

4 moms found this helpful

whatever they wanted IF they were completely ready to go in time.
as long as they had completed their morning routine i didn't need to police 'em past that.
khairete
S.

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I don't think you are being too strict. If it works for you, keep it up! My kids are up by 6am and we don't leave until 8am... so we do have more time and they do get to do more (painted by 7 year old's nails today!). Whatever works for you :)

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I let them turn on the TV after everything else was done (dressed, teeth brushed, shoes on, etc.) We never had a problem getting out the door on time.
Video games probably wouldn't have worked because there wasn't enough time. They knew this (I guess?) because I can't remember them ever asking or wanting to play games before school.

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No, getting ready for school is the same as getting ready for work. You have so much time in the morning and that is it and you must be to school or work on time. Employers do not want excuses as to why you are not there when they need you.

You are teaching your children time management and that there are things that can not be done in the morning. If you have to have the TV on in the morning, make it a news program and no cartoons. Video games and such are for after school after homework is done. Besides if you get the right news program on, it will tell you the time and you should have an idea of where you are in what should or needs to be done to be out the door on time. Gear your dressing, eating, and going out the door in 15 minute intervals.

I am from the old school and it bugs me that modern moms think that they have to have the cartoons on to get kids motivated. You are the parent and in charge of them getting out the door on time and you if you work. You figure out what is needed to get them going and do it. They will complaint but they will follow what moms says if mom does not back down. Stand your ground.

Congrats on the "kick back" as you are doing your job. Parents aren't friends until the kids are 22 or older.

the other S.

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