“Good morning sunshine!” may not be the first words that come to mind when waking kids up at the crack of dawn. The day-after-day routine of flicking lights on and off, dragging kids from their beds, and force feeding oatmeal down their throats isn’t always the most chipper way to start the day. But don’t fret, there really is a foolproof way to create a happier morning—begin the night before.
Prepare the Night Before
Rushed mornings can lead to irrational tears and irritation, but once you begin to prepare the night before, mornings will calm down enough for you to enjoy both your cup of joe and your child’s company. Leave the tears and headache behind by:
- creating a bedroom routine (that involves reading) to ensure plenty of sleep
- making lunches ahead of time and storing them in the refrigerator overnight
- laying out clothes to make for an easier dressing experience in the morning
Prepare a Healthy Breakfast
Cereal and milk may be a morning staple for your family, but try venturing out and including healthier choices to start your child’s day out right. Instead of sugary, processed cereal, you may want to try preparing eggs, bacon, or French toast on occasion.
While you may want to downplay breakfast in order to save yourself the hassle, consider this: if your child gets the proper nutrition from the get-go, the chances of him/her being well-mannered throughout the day will skyrocket. This will ultimately affect your bedroom routine for the better. A happier morning really does come full circle!
Prepare for Imperfection
While planning is a tremendous help, you still may hit a few bumps during your family’s morning routine. When this happens, breathe in and carry on as calmly as possible. Consider each morning like a box of chocolates: you never know what you’re going to get.
Whether you plan on staggering wake-up times (you may want to start with younger kids who need assistance or sleepyheads who don’t want to open their eyes), or intend to employ the “snatch and go” technique, make sure you include the one thing that matters most to your kids: a little bit of TLC and a positive start to a bright day.
If you want to help your kids love, laugh, learn, and grow, we invite you to call Kid’s Country Child Care & Learning Center at 360-668-5145 or stop in for a tour anytime.