Do you need to revamp your family’s morning routine?

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Editor’s note: April is occupational therapy month.

Getting a child ready for school or day care in the morning can be an overwhelming task for busy caregivers. As occupational therapists, we often hear from families that they do not have the time to encourage more independence, as it is a power struggle between the willful child and the stressed parent. This will often lead the caregiver to simply get the child dressed versus having them learn how to get dressed within the stressful morning timeframe.

Here are 5 tips to encourage more independence during the morning:

1. Have your child pick out their clothes the night before. There may be less struggles with clothing choice during the morning.

2. Make a game of “Can you get dressed before the timer goes off”? An old fashioned kitchen timer with a loud ringer is the most successful versus a phone. Set the timer for 10 minutes and see if your child can get dressed and beat the timer! You can reward with tickets that lead up to a prize at the end of the week.

3. Make a list of your morning routines. Simplify the list so your kid(s) can relate and make multiple copies….

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