Podcast Episode 238: Time After Time: What NOT to Say to Your Kids When They’re Late

Does this sound familiar…?

It’s a typical morning rush, and you’re desperately trying to get your kids out the door on time. But alas, they’re dawdling, lost in their own world, and suddenly you find yourself teetering on the edge of frustration….ready to blow.


If you’re a parent, chances are you’ve been there. However, before you let those words slip out of your mouth in frustration, let’s talk about what NOT to say to your kids when they’re running late.

A very common misconception is that kids are intentionally late or disrespectful of time. However, the truth is often more complex. Sometimes, lateness stems from struggles with time management, difficulty transitioning between tasks, or even anxiety about the day ahead.

We’re not here to tell you to buy a watch or set up reminders in your phone to help get your kids to get a hustle on – we’re giving you practical tips for changing behaviors that your kids need to learn ASAP.

In this episode of the No Guilt Mom podcast you’ll learn:

  • Common misconceptions about the causes of why kids are late and how to get to the root of the issue
  • How to avoid heated discussions around lateness and compassionately address your child’s struggle
  • The way lateness can create increased stress in your family and how to navigate that stress
  • Ways to help your kids change behaviors and break habits of chronic “running lateness”

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Brie Tucker

COO/ Podcast Producer at No Guilt Mom
Brie Tucker has over 20 years of experience coaching parents with a background in early childhood and special needs. She holds a B.S. in Psychology from the University of Central Missouri and is certified in Positive Discipline as well as a Happiest Baby Educator.

She’s a divorced mom to two teenagers.

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