Before my interview with Janis Keyser, I fielded questions from my parent friends. Here, Janis addresses getting your child out the door. Having four kids, I’ve learned a few things about getting anywhere on time. I cannot over-emphasize planning ahead, as in the night before. Most people recommend laying out the kids’ clothes and packing what they’ll need, but I’ve found it more important to do that for myself. I try to wake up early and get myself ready for the day first, because I know from that point on, I have to be on with the kids, and it’s much easier to do when I feel put together i.e. clean sweats, hair in bun. Janis mentions the importance of giving yourself enough time for transitions and I whole-heartedly agree. With each new child in our family, I’ve had to increase that time, so where it used to take a half hour to do something, it now takes 2 hours. Yup, that’s right, I now multiply any given timeframe by 4 and voila…we are out the door!
Looking for more on discipline? Watch more footage of my interview with Janis Keyser:
Part 1: It’s A Process
Part 3: Time-outs
Part 4: Disciplining in Public
Part 5: Crying It Out #1
Part 6: Crying It Out #2
Part 7: Perfect Parenting Is Not the Goal
Are You A Rock Or Noodle When It Comes To Discipline?