Friday, January 6, 2012

Being the Mom of a VERY Strong Willed Child.

I think I have said this before, but I don't want my blog to be all about doing giveaways and reviews. I kinda want to be able to blog about all area's of my life. And I am way to lazy to keep two separate blogs :) I'm trying to come up with a way to kinda merge everything together.
So anyways, I am the mother of a VERY, and when I say VERY I mean, very, very strong willed child. Almost everything in our house is a struggle and a power battle. I started reading a book about strong willed children (on my brand new Kindle Fire, that I love) And one of the things they suggested is if you have a straggler in the morning, to set a timer, give them that much time to get dressed and ready and when the timer goes off your done. Even if that means putting the clothes in a bag and walking out the door. When I read this I was like- SERIOUSLY, REALLY, NO WAY that is going to work.
Fast forward to this morning, my lovely 7 year old was doing her normal taking her time, I can't put my own clothes on, I don't want to do it, if your a Mom you know the 100's of excused you will here. All of this is going while I am trying to get ready. So what do I do? I set her clothes out, explain to her that I am going to set the timer for 15 minutes, we have to be out the door when it goes off, and anything not on or together will be staying at the house, and yes that might mean you go to school in your jammies. I then ignored her, and continued to get ready to go. And then to my surprise when the timer went off, she was dressed, with backpack and ready to go!!

Anyone else have a hard time getting the kids out the door in the morning? What works for you?


  1. took my strong willed one to school one day in her pjs and handed her her tennis shoes in the car. that was pr-k now in 6th grade she is always ready to go.

  2. That's good to know it worked :) :)

  3. I have a 14 yr old that will not get out of bed. His alarm goes off over and over and nothing!!! I have to lie to him and tell him it is a later time and then he jumps out of bed, thinking he is late.LOL:)

  4. lol @ NoNo, I do the same with my fiance lol