grrr's picture grrr

I just wanted to comment again, because I was worried that my comment yesterday might have seemed critical when that wasn't intended. I just wanted to offer another perspective.

Of course every child and family dynamic is unique. I hope you can find a way to ease your family's morning routine.

Thanks again for maintaining this blog. I really enjoy your writing.

chrissygreenny's picture chrissygreenny

late to the game here, but i feel your pain. my kids fluctuate between high levels of self motivation and complete and utter disregard for what needs to get done at any given moment. i know L. has a few extra challenges, but with your guidance he'll get there. :-)

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

grrr--not critical at all! I wish I could comment directly to someone's comment instead of having to lump all the comments under one! I appreciated your observation's insights. I, too, don't remember giving my parents these struggles when I was a kid. I just knew it was expected of me to get up and I did--maybe not happily every morning, but I did what I needed to do.

Thanks, Christine--I think those types of fluctuations are perfectly age-appropriate, too!

Omaha Mama's picture Omaha Mama

I need to go back and read yesterday's post, I missed a day! I've been having a little trouble in the morning sometimes with my little man. He likes to be at home and sometimes will say, "But school is so LONG!" when he's not to stoked to get up and out. Now that I'm working, there's really nothing left to say except that we are all going to school so get up and get ready! I hope he's over this phase by middle school, or at least we'll have something like a sports practice to use as a motivator.

Aliki McElreath's picture Aliki McElreath

I think external motivators can be the key with kids who find it difficult to self-start. We just need to help L. find one that works for him!