As a parent, I know how hard it can be to get the children and yourself ready in the morning without the stress levels rising. So I’ve put together some ideas to help the morning flow a little more smoothly.
If mornings are tricky for you and your family it is a good idea to sit down when everyone is relaxed and talk about ideas to make the morning flow with ease. Listen to your children as they do have good ideas and are usually harsher on themselves than you might be! Write them down as you agree to them, try not to argue, explain that you want mornings to be positive experience for everyone as it sets the beat for the day ahead.
- Establish a good bedtime routine, this will make all the difference to the flow of your morning, as a guide children 3 to 5 should get 10 to 13 hours (including naps), Children 6 to 12 year olds should sleep 9 to 12 hours a night.
- The night before prepare for the following day. Bags can be packed ready; clean uniform laid out; lunches can even be prepared and kept in the fridge overnight to help the morning be less stressful.
- If you feel the need, make individual time schedules for your child/children. (For the younger ones or children that may have difficulty in understanding the written word, try using pictures or visual prompts.) This can be helpful if you have two or more children of different ages and will give the children something to work towards. It may even work towards bringing the family together by having a common goal.
- Screen time in the morning can be the main cause of arguments and reasons for not getting ready. Ban screen time altogether or at least until everyone is ready for school and had breakfast.
- Lastly remember your shoes!! It so easy to run out of the house in your slippers!
Here’s to happy stress free mornings.