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In order to get my kids moving in the mornings, I now challenge them to get ready before I do. It’s amazing how a bit of competition has them focussed on getting ready on time! No more daydreaming, can’t find this or that or any I forgots. They want yo beat mum!


Posted anonymously, 16th June 2015


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  • As children ourselves we had a routine that we had breakfast, cleaned our teeth, did our lunches and checked our school bags (we usually put thiongs back in it when we finished with them the night before) and got dressed while Mum did the dishes. Mum would often call out “come on children hurry up and get ready for school” A budgie we were minding for 6 months learnt to say it too. Now I have a similar routine with mine. Uniforms apart from socks are already out (somebody doesn’t always put dirty ones straight into the washing ggrrr!!!).

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  • This sounds like a heap of fun.

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  • That is an amazing out of the square idea, definitely will be trying this out on my ever dawdling daughter tomorrow morning! !

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  • That sounds like a great idea for older kids.

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  • great idea. this is an excellent way to get them motivated!


    • yep tried this out and it worked! My kids had a ball racing and it wasn’t stressful for anybody! I only send one child to school currently but i will keep using this method!

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  • This is a great idea … I hope I don’t win!

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  • Thanks for this great idea, I will put this in place and see how it work.

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  • Great idea! with my kids i usually get it all rready the day before. Lay out clothes pack the school bags, preprpare lunches other than sanwiches etc. that way all they have to do is eat and get changed and brush their teeth. so much easier for me.

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  • What a great idea and some healthy household competition!

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  • What a great idea. Good on you mum

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