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Everyday Attendance Matters!

Tips for Easier Mornings

In the evening (the secret to success!):

  • Establish a rule that homework is done the night before
  • Have your child list the challenges they face in the morning such as: sharing the bathroom, getting dressed, having breakfast, remembering lunch, backpack and getting to the bus on time.
  • Help your child come up with a plan for dealing with challenges – the slow mover may need to wake up 15 minutes earlier
  • Pick out clothes and make lunch the night before
  • Remind your child to get homework into backpacks
  • The bedtime routine includes a winding-down time with NO TV
  • Stick to a regular bedtime, alerting your child 30 minutes and 10 minutes beforehand
  • Make sure your child gets enough sleep
    • 6 to 9 year olds need at least 10 hours of sleep
    • 10 to 12 years old need at least 9+ hours of sleep
  • Set the alarm clock early enough to start the day calmly
  • Your child should go to bed at the same time every night and wake up at the same time every morning

In the morning

  • Wake up before your child
  • Start the day with calmness and hugs instead of yelling or threats to get your child out of bed – do not tell your child they're pokey, lazy, crabby, whiny, disorganized or any other labels.
  • Eat breakfast - it is the most important meal of the day – it’s brain food!
  • Head out of the house early enough to arrive at school on time!