Determining Barriers of Getting Your Child to School on Time
Ask yourself: Are they prepared? Do they connect with their teacher and/or school? Do they feel safe? Is there a consistent bedtime and morning time at home routine? Is there a plan in place if my child misses the bus?
Routines are key! Bedtime should be set by the parent and assure enough sleep. Be respectful of your child's bedtime by not playing loud music or TVs after your child has gone to bed. Morning time should assure your child is prepared and not rushed out the door. Have clothes planned early in the week, or the night before. Pack backpacks and leave by front door along with shoes(or sneakers if PE day). Make to-do lists in advance.
Communicate with your child’s teacher, school counselor, or administrator to help your child feel better about coming to school.
Pre- arrange“on-call” family or friends to drive your child to school in the event your child misses the school bus and you cannot transport your child.
Logical Consequences. If your child fusses and fights each morning, then implement an earlier bed time of at least 30 minutes explaining that their behavior indicates a lack of sleep. When your child shows consistent better morning behavior, then allow your child to earn back the later bedtime.
Getting to school is not just a school skill...It's a life skill!!