The way I start my day is so important to me. If I wake up late or don’t get to do my morning routine, it can put me in a bad mood. Recently, I started focusing on how I could make sure my kids were getting a positive start as well. I want them to have a great day and I believe that starts with a good morning.
5 Ways to Make Sure Your Kids Have a Great Day
1. Set a Proper Bedtime: If you want a good morning, you need to start the night before. A good nights rest is important for everyone, but especially for growing kids. I know that on school nights, my kids need to be in bed no later than 8:30pm. Much later than that and they will struggle to get up in time.
2. Gentle Wake Up: My mom always woke me up peacefully and slowly. Now I take extra time to wake my kids the same way. I wake my son about 10 minutes before he really needs to be up. I go in his room, gently wake him up and ask him if he needs a few more minutes of sleep. Sometimes he will get right up, other times he needs 5 or even 10 minutes of extra snooze time. My daughter usually wakes up soon after she hears him, so I don’t even have to bother with her! I know they appreciate it, since when they come in my room to wake me up on weekends, they use the same gentle manner on me. (which cracks me up)
3. Prep & Pack the Night Before: We make sure all homework is done the night before, so there is nothing left to finish in the morning. I have my son pack up his backpack and anything he needs to bring to school before bed as well. He has a school uniform, so he doesn’t need to set his clothes out… but that is another good idea of something to do the night before.
4. Make Sure Breakfast is Quick, Healthy and Protein-Packed: A good breakfast is so important for my kids, especially for my son. Most of his important school work is done at the beginning of his day so if he’s hungry he will have trouble concentrating. My daughter loves cream of wheat and my son loves cereal and oatmeal. Check out my PB & J Overnight Oats and these Breakfast Yogurt Popsicles.
5. Use Time Blocks: I have talked about padding my leave time before, but this is a fairly new tactic that is working well. I love time blocking in my daily life, so I decided to use it during my kids morning routine. My son is slowly learning when he needs to be out of bed, dressed, etc. He follows the same timeline every morning and it works! He knows he needs to be dressed before breakfast and that breakfast time needs to start around 7. He needs to be completely ready for school (teeth brushed, socks on) by 7:20. This has made my life SO much easier, since I don’t have to tell him what to do anymore. I just ask, “What time is it?” or yell out a time check myself.
No one likes starting off the day on the wrong foot! If at little extra effort helps my kids kick off the day on a positive and happy note, then it is worth it! Do you have any tips and tricks to make sure your kids have a great morning? I would love to hear about it in the comments section.