This is why we don’t watch tv in the mornings…

There is a very good reason why I don’t generally let the kids watch tv while they’re getting ready for school anymore. Where in the past having the television on kept us on track time wise (what, Handy Manny is over? Get to the bus stop right now!), lately it’s become more of a distraction than anything else and I’ve realized that if I want the girls to keep moving and getting things done in the mornings, the tv has to stay off.

Which is why our rule is that no tv until or unless everything is done and both Abbi and Hannah are all set to head to the bus stop. Realistically this means that the tv is pretty much never on since they take forever to get ready and aren’t usually set to head out the door until it’s time to go out to the bus stop anyway.

On Friday morning, the girls were wound up because it was the day of the big Walkathon at school. I turned the tv on because I wanted to check the weather forecast and ended up switching it over to Martha Speaks because it looked like both of the girls were ready to go. Abbi had her backpack on and everything.

Just as I was telling them it was time to head outside, Abbi looked down and realized that she didn’t have her gym shoes on yet. And she didn’t remember where she had put them. She and I began to look around but as Hannah went outside and called to us that the bus was coming, Abbi was forced to scramble to grab a different pair of shoes to wear.

And ran out to the bus stop in stocking feet, carrying shoes, just in time.

About 30 seconds later, I walked into the bathroom and discovered Abbi’s gym shoes – on the counter. But the bus had already left.

It was a good thing that I was helping out at the Walkathon anyway – Abbi called me from school at lunchtime to see if I’d found her gym shoes because the ones she had grabbed weren’t going to work for her if she was going to be walking that much. Normally, I’d just let her stay in the other shoes all day to help her learn the lesson to keep track of her things (and to put her shoes on her feet, not the bathroom counter!), but knowing she was going to need to be walking a lot, I took her gym shoes with me to school so she could change into them.

We use checklists both in the morning and the evening to make sure that the girls (mostly Abbi) don’t forget anything, but so far I’ve just had ‘grab all of your stuff’ on there and didn’t think I really needed to spell out, “Don’t put your backpack on and stand around watching tv unless you are sure that you’ve got your shoes on your feet where they belong!”.

Apparently I need to get a little more specific.

And remember to keep the television off!

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3 responses to: This is why we don’t watch tv in the mornings…

  1. Tony Scott
    October 24th, 2011 at 2:02 am

    Parents are the real problems in the simple world of the children. We complicate things for them. We try to make everything organized and in order, then, we forget. We should learn to apologize when we forget to turn the TV off and make them lose their things. Ha ha ha !

  2. Karylle Lynch
    October 24th, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    I agree with keeping the television turned off when getting the kids ready for school. I also hate it when my eldest forget something when the school bus arrives like forgetting to tie his shoes lace or to comb his hair.

  3. Colin Webb
    December 5th, 2011 at 9:55 pm

    I ran across your post and had to comment as my household can relate. I call the TV the trouble box because that is all it does to my kids is cause trouble. We frequently feel we are ready to go in the mornings so I let them watch a little TV and it ends of making us late because we forget things when we get to the door to head out for the day. My youngest gets wrapped up in a show and ends up getting upset when it is time to turn the trouble box off so we can walk out the door. I think I am going to turn that trouble box off for good in the morning. Thanks for sharing.

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