If your school morning routines are stressful, change them! Here is a morning routine for you to consider, it helps you to make plenty of time in the morning so that you can get out of the house happier and ready for the day. You can adjust the routine to suit you for example changing the breakfast time with getting dressed and putting the times that will suit your family working back from the time you have to leave the door.

6.45
Time for you to get up, or even earlier if you need or want to as the more time you have before they get up the easier it is for everyone if you are ready for action when they get up.

7.05
Children’s Wakeup call
Go into their bedroom and say good morning it’s time to wake up and remind them they have to be up by 7.15 or in 10 minutes. (My son always needed some wake up time in bed and if I just went back once or twice to say time to get up he would come round in his own time,) You can take them a morning drink and leave it on the bedside table for them to encourage them to wake up)

7.15
Time to get up,
Go into their bedroom, open curtains or switch the light on and say morning time to get up now. If you get a lot of moaning just give some empathy, for example, yes its hard getting up when you want to sleep, or acknowledge that you know how they feel.

7.15-7.45
Free time
You can use this time to come round and wake up, it is nice to meet up in the living room and have a drink together and spend 10 minutes with them watching the TV or playing and talking. You can then get on with making the breakfast.

7.45
Get dressed and washed and brush their hair
If this is likely to take longer then you can start at 7.40, it would be helpful if you were ready to supervise this and had all your attention on helping them.

7.55
Breakfast, everyone come to the table to eat.

8.05
Clean teeth

8.20
Time to leave

Can you see how there is plenty of time to get ready for the morning and by adding some play/TV time you have some extra time if they are running late as happens from time to time. Be a little flexible about the times a few minutes either way is not going to hurt as long as you are out of the door on time.
Remember to work as a team and delegate some chores to your partner such as making the sandwiches. Obviously the night before is the time to do homework and get clothes and kit ready for school clean shoes and find all the socks and ties that can make you run late in the morning.
Remember to praise, praise, praise each time they do as they are asked and use the other week two tips from the manual and make mornings relaxed and friendly times. You must let everyone know about your new morning routine and make it into a positive thing and write out the routine and post it on the fridge door or somewhere everyone can see.
Let me know what you think and how you get on.
All the best
Ruth

Author's Bio: 

I am a child behaviour consultant, helping parent's to transform their child's behaviour. I am the founder of Child Behaviour Direct and author of A Parent's Guide to Children's Behaviour ebook, download it here http://bit.ly/PGCBBOOK and email me for more information at childbehaviour@aol.com