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Just Another Manic Morning

Like a lot of children with learning issues, my son doesn’t leap out of bed eager to get ready for school. Our morning routine had always been rushed and manic.

Sometimes I’d spend the whole morning just trying to get him dressed. That left only a minute or two to throw him some toast in the backseat of the car for breakfast. And forget about my getting to work on time.

I needed help, so I went to Parenting Coach and searched. Two tips popped up that seemed promising—Pinpoint Schedule Problems and Make a Picture Schedule.

I liked the idea of a picture schedule right off the bat because spoken instructions can be a struggle for my son. But I also thought that trying to pinpoint the problem first would help me figure out a solution.

Of course, “pinpointing the problem” is easier said than done. It’s really tough to step back and just observe your child—especially when you’re trying to get out the door in the morning.

Tina Andrews is a working mom and co-moderator of Understood’s Early Learners group. Read her solution to hectic mornings in the full article on Understood. And, be sure to check out Andrews’ blog on Understood, What I Wish I’d Known Sooner.’s goal is to help the millions of parents whose children, ages 3–20, are struggling with learning and attention issues. Visit the Understood website for more information.

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