When our family needs to be somewhere at a certain time, it’s often a mad rush to get out the door. Don’t be that innocent bystander standing in the middle of the hallway, or you’ll likely get knocked down by a kid or two. I can’t claim we’ve mastered the art of getting out the door on time. Sometimes someone can’t find their shoes. Sometimes someone will need to sit on the toilet for a while. Sometimes we will simply be late. I accept that.
But we try–really try–not to be the stereotypical family running on “Filipino time.” I met a woman, who told me they call it “Hawaiian time” in their family. I know many other cultures that have adapted this little phrase to excuse their tardiness. Let’s face it. Most of us have this problem.
On the TODAY Parenting Team, I share my tips to help you and your family leave the house on time.
4 Tips to Getting Your Family Out the Door on Time
The invitation says “2:00 pm”. For reasons still unknown to you, no matter how much time you have to get ready, you will almost always be late to the party. At 10 minutes past the hour, one kid might have permanent marker art on her face, another one is still in his underwear, and you’re afraid you may show up at the event with your messy pony tail and yoga pants. Sound familiar? Here are some tips to help you and your family get out the door in a timely fashion.
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