“Going to be late for Choir!”
“Going to miss the bus!”
Most mornings, either of these sentences puts John into gear.
He tells me he is “not going to be the last kid going to Choir”!
And he has seen other kids have to run to make the school bus in the morning.
But some mornings, he still goofs around.
So, I have learned that we start sooner.
No snooze alarms for us.
I have asked John if he was choosing to be the last kid into Choir?
When he continued to stall, I have said, “When you are done eating breakfast, you can put your food in the fridge.”
“I will meet you in the car.”
(John does his best work when I am gone.)
“You lock the door.”
(We have been backward-chaining the whole door/key process, and
John can come and go through the door as he decides.)
So, the sentences get said that he is choosing to be hungry, to waste his time, to be late.
I don’t rub it in or nag (nagging does NO good at our house).
But I do declare those facts in a calm Mom voice.
This morning, we had a version of “We’ll just have to wait until you are ready”.
I carried his vitamins and his toothbrush to the car.
During the drive to early Choir drop-off, I pulled onto a side street.
He immediately asked me what I am doing.
He’s very aware of location.
We just sat there until he took his vitamins (which he stalls on every day).
We talked about “hard way” and “easy way”.
He decided very quickly to do what he should have done at home.
Because he didn’t want to be the last kid to walk into Choir.
Because he knew he wasn’t going to get away with stalling and avoidance.
Because he didn’t want to be the last kid into Choir.
I offer these ideas to hopefully help in your daily routines.
Whatever our kids are intrinsically motivated by,
use that to help them learn habits and routines that will become muscle memory and be useful their entire lives.
He must feel the natural, unintended consequences of his choices,
and know he is choosing.
Peace be with us,