To get a child moving in the morning, give him something tangible to look forward to in his day.
Find a teacher, custodian, or counselor who will give your child a special morning job. This person could say, “Eva, you’re so good with computers. I could really use your help creating this spreadsheet.”
That way, when your child wakes up, her thoughts aren’t on the scary unknowns, but rather on helping Mrs. Henderson.
Draw a worried child out of her internal world, and lead her to a calm place. Don’t linger on the negatives; instead, draw attention on your child’s strengths and interests.
Instead of yelling at your child to get ready, create a reason to hurry. Say, “I found this really cool blues song. If you shower, get dressed, and are downstairs in the next 15 minutes, you and I can listen to it over breakfast.”