MY CHILD IS ALWAYS LATE

  1. Set expectations for getting ready on time (e.g. get out of bed on time, come home on time and clean up for dinner, do not let things such as the TV distract you etc.). Expectationsshould be consistent and followed by everyone in the home. Reward your child for following the rules (e.g. a hug, kiss, have a friend over to play).
  2. Help your child to get ready for things on time by setting a schedule developed by both of you.
  3. Set an example for your child by making sure you are ready for things on time. Organize your time and show your child how to follow a routine.
  4. In order to help your child get ready for things on time, reduce distractions (e.g. turn off the radio or TV, don’t allow friends to visit, ring a bell or blow a whistle when it’s time for dinner, etc.).
  5. Make sure your child is well aware in advance of when things will occur(e.g. the time they need to be ready to meet the bus, the time you are leaving to go shopping, etc.)
  6. Have breakfast, lunch and dinner at the same time each day in order to help your child organize their day.
  7. Use a timer to help your child know how much time they have to get ready for an activity (e.g., going shopping, meeting the school bus, eating meals, etc.)
  8. Have your child keep a checklist of things they have to do in order to get ready for school on time and put a star or checkmark by each one after he/she completes it (e.g. eat, brush teeth, dress, etc.). Allow your child to trade his/her stars or checkmarks for rewards.
  9. Help your child prepare for the next day by selecting and laying out their clothes, gathering school materials in one place, and reviewing any special activities or events for the next day.
  10. Establish a regular routine for your child so that they know exactly what is to be done and when it is to be done (e.g. school homework, chores, play, etc.).
  11. Review your child’s schedule for the day with them each morning so they know what is expected from them that day.
  12. Think about what keeps your child from getting ready on time (e.g. failing to get up on time, sharing the bathroom, etc.). Brainstorm together as to what can be done to remove those obstacles (e.g. get them up earlier in the morning, schedule different times for people to use the bathroom to get ready, etc.).
TIP: Know that it is going to be challenging to have your child on time for activities they do not look forward to or enjoy.