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iVillage: Strategies for Speeding Up Your Mornings

Give Them Warnings

Many kids, especially little ones, have a hard time stopping what they'e doing and quickly changing course. To help them stay on schedule, Watson recommends giving your kids 10-minute, 5-minute, and 2-minute departure warnings. "Set a timer -- there are even talking ones on the market that will countdown the minutes for them," she says. It's a trick that Olathe, KS, dad David P. uses on his son. "He doesn't know time, but it puts the idea in his head that we're doing something else shortly, and he'll have to stop whatever it is that he's doing now."

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