Works for Me Wednesday is a themed edition this week -- Back to School Tip.
The tip I'm sharing does not, at first, seem unique, an alarm clock? "That's genius," you say, "why didn't I think of that?!!" Stay with me for a couple more seconds.
I'm talking getting an alarm clock for your 7 year old.
When my husband suggested the idea half-way through first grade last year, I was very skeptical. "Yeah, sure he can be responsible to set an alarm clock, turn it off when it beeps, and get himself up -- when he's 14, maybe, but not 7!" I said.
I was wrong.
My oldest loves the responsibility of the alarm and truly does set it the night before, turn it off when it beeps, get himself up, dress himself in the clothes hung on his closet door by his mama the night before, and come down for breakfast.
As a bonus, now that his sister has joined him at elementary school this year and can no longer sleep in, he wakes her up on his way by her room headed for breakfast, and she gets up and puts on the clothes hanging on her closet door! Two kids awake and dressed for the price of one alarm clock -- awesome!
And the bonus, bonus?
This morning, the 3 year old also had preschool, not until 9 o'clock, but still I set his clothes out the night before, too, just to keep myself organized, intending to dress him after the bigger kids left for school. But at 7:05 am both boys showed up in my bedroom fully dressed for the day! My 7 year old had dressed his little brother, too!
Now, if I could just get them to hang the hangars back up instead of throwing them on the floor. . .