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Sep

Unfortunately, many parents have trouble adjusting to the new time crunch that comes with the start of the school year, and a parent’s inability to organize his or her schedule can negatively affect children in a variety of ways. Not only does habitual tardiness establish what can be a lifelong pattern for a young child, but it also entails very serious, immediate consequences as well. Depending on your child’s school, punishment for being late can range from lunch detention to a trip to the Principal’s office, embarrassing stunts (like a song or dance performed in front of everyone) or even being “locked out” of the classroom with an unexcused absence for that class period.

If you are chronically late, don’t make your kids pay for your mistakes! Follow these tips to make sure everyone in the family gets to their destinations on time.

1. Set a good example. If you are the type to hit the snooze button six or seven times before getting up, your kids are likely to follow your lead. Invest in a fun alarm clock that challenges you to wake up on time, like this cool Flying Alarm Clock from Amazon.com. If you want to hit the snooze, you have to catch it first!

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2. Choose to make a personal change. If you have been chronically late all your life, nothing your kids, spouse or friends might say will dissuade you from your old habits. It takes commitment on your part to enact real change. Check out this article from TodayShow.com when you are ready to establish a new pattern of punctuality.

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3. Establish a partnership. Explain to your children that you are making an effort to be on time, and that you need their help. A contract like this one from Great Schools may help to turn your little late risers into great allies.

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  1. Very fun gadgits! How funny that they were even made!

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