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Getting everyone up and off to school or work on time is important. An old fashioned wind-up clock or a battery operated one along with an electric clock ought to be in every room in case of a power outage.
Obviously, running late can disrupt tight schedules and fray nerves. By setting the alarm clock at least 15 minutes earlier than usual for rising, family members leave themselves a bit of 'wiggle room' if something unexpected happens such as power outages or hot water heater failures.
Electronic devices such as the computer or television set, or handheld games, can create a lot of distraction to an already easily distracted youngster. These devices can hamper everyone's best effort to get out of the door on time, especially when a child hyperfocuses on the screen. It is best to keep these kinds of devices "off limits" until later in the day.