How long does it take your

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
March 26, 2008 8:38am CST
children to get ready for school? My daughter only goes to preschool. But some days its a nightmare. "For the third time honey, put your shoes on"Do you have to keep prodding your children to get it done?
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
26 Mar 08
My son gets up at 6:45 and is out the door to get on the bus at 7:25. He spends most of that time playing with his sister and eating breakfast. He is pretty good about getting dressed and getting his coat and shoes on. I used to have to tell him several times, but not anymore.
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@lilybug (21148)
• United States
14 Aug 08
First day of 3rd grade today and he made it in just under 30 minutes. He actually got out the door to wait for the bus 10 minutes early. I guess he was excited.
@suspenseful (40316)
• Canada
14 Aug 08
It did not take our sons that long to go to school. They were in such a hurry to meet their friends that they were out of the door before we noticed. When they were at pre school, my husband drove one while I stayed home with the other twin and then he returned. It was quite easy because well he was in the car and my sons were social animals. They wanted to get out and play all the time. In fact, getting them to come in was the main problem.
@SViswan (12072)
• India
14 Aug 08
Till last year my now almost 8 year old son was very good about it. And he knew his routine once he woke up and would get ready for school on his own....since he was 3! And this includes...getting up (for which he used an alarm), brushing, taking a shower and eating breakfast (which I had ready and on the table by then) and putting on his clothes and being at the bus stop well in time. But now all of a sudden....he seems to be the slowest person on earth and isn't even worried when he's about to miss his bus. And I'm not sure what happened (just started a discussion on the same). My younger one is 20 months and very different from his older brother. I help him get ready for school. But he's learning to do things on his own...like pick up his shoes and TRY to put them on.....carry his little bag and water bottle.
@Sharon38 (1916)
• Jamaica
4 Apr 08
My daughter is 10 and whenever I wake her in the mornings I have to remind her to go to bathroom. Sometimes she is not fully awake and aware so I have to make sure that she does not bump into things and hurt herself. When she has her bath, she is alert and noramlly gets ready before I do. The prodding I have to do is when she is not going to school and I have to go to work. She is like a little snail and never on haste.
• United States
30 Mar 08
I believe, at a young age, that children need you to directly supervise them to keep them on target. If they are told to get ready for school and left to their own devices, at least my daughter will get distracted. Yesterday, I walked with her to the school she'll attend for kindergarden and it was surprising how often she got distracted.
@stephcjh (32328)
• United States
29 Mar 08
My daughter is 16 years old now and she resets her alarm clock about 5 times before she rolls out of the bed for school. She has to empty the dishwasher alot of times before she leaves and also wash her hair. She usually gets up about 20 minutes before the bus comes and always gets it all done. I really don't see how she does it, most of the time she does. there has also been times when I had to wake her up several times also and the bus is already coming.
@Modestah (11192)
• United States
26 Mar 08
my one child who is difficult to get to sleep at night is also difficult to wake up in the morning - no matter how many hours of sleep she gets she is a struggle to get moving.
@aretha (2539)
• United States
26 Mar 08
my son is really good about it. i get him up at 6:45 and he gets dressed eats and is ready to go. he used to be like that but has gottin better,i think because he does not like to eat in school in the morning so he don't get to eat till hes all ready and if he messes around he has to eat at school. i have him get all his stuff around at night and he showers before bed.