Posts Tagged ‘morning routine special needs’

Monday Minute: Just Another Manic (Mon)Day

January 28, 2013 3 comments

After another oh-so-fun wake up of James this morning that included being kicked at (he said he was just trying to kick the covers), being called a bully, and James smacking himself dramatically in the forehead while loudly groaning “I’m too tired ” for 25 minutes, I was pretty done with him and he knew it. And, as usual, by the time he came downstairs for breakfast, he was dressed, smiling and ready to (intensely) pretend the last half hour didn’t happen. Having been up since 4am with my 3-month old, I wasn’t in the mood to let him off so easily. But you have to give the kid an A for effort… Read more…

Monday Minute: I call this magic trick “pleasant morning”

January 9, 2012 3 comments

If you search the term “morning” on my site I’m sure you will find an array of stories, complaints, trials, successes (then failures) and more complaints as to how James gets up before school. After the alarm clock went from effective to disaster we decided that we needed to find a more immediate positive reinforcement since earning/losing Wii and TV privileges after school was too far into the future to effect James’s morning behavior.

I’m almost afraid to write about how the last week has gone since school (and a regular routine) resumed for fear that I will jinx it. So instead, I’ll allow the Monday Minute to speak for itself:

James is in italics, my responses in bold.

Good morning! (comes into the kitchen for a hug, 2 minutes after alarm went off)

Wow, you got up all by yourself again – great job! What do you want for breakfast?

Toast and two eggs over easy please. Okay, I’ll make that while you get dressed. Go quickly so you have some time after breakfast to play.

(I make toast and eggs and hear nothing. It’s only been five minutes but I decide to go in and make sure he is getting dressed – as I start toward James’s room I run into him, fully clothed at the dining room table waiting for me.)

Whoa, you scared me! I can’t believe you’re dressed and at the table already! Yep, can I have my eggs please? What do you want to drink? Coffee (think milk and sugar with a splash of coffee here). I’m so proud of you this morning James – you are doing such a good quick job! Am I being a good boy to earn some ipod time? If you eat your breakfast like a good boy you definitely get ipod time. Yes!

Thanks for the eggs mom. You’re welcome. Thanks for the eggs. and the toast. and thanks for my delicious coffee. Does this coffee have sugar in it? Yep, give it a stir. Thanks mom. You’re welcome. And thanks for my ipod.

(fast forward 10 minutes, when medication and breakfast are done, rather seamlessly)

Are you done? Can I play ipod now? First let’s brush teeth then you can play. okay (hops up and heads to bathroom).

(while brushing) am I being a good boy? You are being great today! you’re the best. Thanks. please stop talking so I can finish your teeth. I can’t wait to play that ipod. I know. I can’t have smelly breath and play an ipod – gross. No, I guess not. that would be really gross! Shhhh.

Okay you can go play for 10 minutes before it’s shoes and coat time. thanks mom!

(15 minutes later)

Okay, one more minute is up. Time to go. Okay. Come on, bud. Turn it off and charge it for later – if you do a good job on your homework maybe we can look up a new app. okay, mom. Thanks for letting me play ipod this morning. love you!

(Ryan and I look at each other in disbelief)


Was it really that easy? You betcha. And this was the 4th smooth morning in a row (don’t worry, I just knocked on wood). Apparently instant reinforcement is far, far more effective than delayed gratification for James.

At the time we debated about buying James such an expensive Christmas gift that would only suck him further into his own little world than he already was, but I have to say, this thing is proving to be worth its weight in gold. Encrusted with diamonds.

Alakazam! Monday morning, you’re smoked!

Monday Minute: The Epic Journey To Couch Time

November 14, 2011 Leave a comment

Whew, it’s hard to find a minute to write out the Monday Minute today! What follows is a very typical exchange regarding day to day tasks – brushing teeth has been featured at random.

My responses are in bold.


Setting: At the dining room table while James eats his breakfast.

Mom, you’re the greatest. Thanks James. Now what do you say to me? What? What should you say to me? You’re the greatest? No, how about I’m the nicest? I’m the coolest boy. Okay.

I want to tell you what Margaret did when we were playing Sleeping Queens in Dad’s room on the rug (it’s my room, too). She reached behind my back like this and slapped me on the back. Did she get in trouble? She tried to apologize but she couldn’t. 

(Margaret enters the dining room, just waking up)

Good morning, Margaret. what do you want for breakfast? Margaret: eggs and toast. Mom, she wants eggs and toast. (Margaret starts singing The Little Mermaid, holding up her Ariel doll to James) Do that to Adam. 

James your eggs are making a smiley face with the toast. I’m drinking my coffee from the egg hat. Mom, Adam is touching the computer. He has an egg hat. I ate his mouth. (James carefully eats his hardboiled egg by peeling the egg white off one piece at a time) How are you doing? We have to brush teeth soon. Good. Goodgoodgoodgood. Watch this (drops piece of egg into mouth with head tipped back). Egg drop mmy drop. What? Egg drop jmmy drop. Egg drop what drop? Egg drop gummy drop. Gummy drop? Egg drop yummy drop, see? James are you done, we have to brush teeth and get going. 

I need to tell you one funny thing before we do. Remember bowling? (3 weeks ago) You know, bowling? When the machine moved the pins? Remember when the machine moved the pins? Yes, please get up and go to the bathroom. When the spotlight came on we bowled in the dark. James get up. After it got dark we played a little more and everyone’s shoes turned glowy. Glowy. glowyglowyglowy. Let’s brush teeth.

Hey mom. Yeah? Hey mom remember bowling? Let’s brush teeth. Dad, nice haircut. Can I see? James go get your toothbrush. Okay I just need one thing (leans his face 1 inch from mine). What? a kiss. okay, now please, go get your toothbrush. (walks through living room reenacting bowling with sound effects). James, bathroom. now. Okay mom (walks over to couch, sits down and opens up Spongebob comic book). James!

Okay mom (walks to bathroom paging through comic book). Look at these ninja donuts! I would but I’m getting ready to brush your teeth. Can I have couch time? We’ll see, open up please. (I am brushing James’s teeth, finally) Mom can I have couch time? You just spit toothpaste into my eye James! Stop talking. 

Silence (5 seconds or so).

Mom, please? Couch time? Stop. talking. right. now. Spit. Can I? James stop talking now or you will stand in the hall until it’s time to go. 

(rinses out mouth) Was I good this morning? Do I get couch time?

Two minutes. Yeah! Yes!!! (punches fist in air) couch time!


I hope everyone gets a little couch time today, or at least something worth pumping your fist in the air.

Happy Monday!

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