Congratulations! You have almost survived the school holidays! Holidays are a nice time to have a break from all of our daily routines and spend some great quality moments as a family. The tricky thing is getting back into our routines after having a break! We feel you, and know exactly what you are thinking! Dreading Monday? Yes, we are, and we know you are feeling the same way too. That is why we are going to help you get ready for Monday and help the special little people in your life have a smooth transition back into their daily routines!
We have all had the moments when our poor planning in the mornings has led to everyone feeling stressed, rushed and arriving late! Not only is it stressful for us parents, its also stressful for our children. Unfortunately mornings like these, have everyone setting off for their day feeling sad, angry and having difficulty concentrating and focusing on the day ahead.
We want to equip you with the best way to establish a good routine in the mornings for your child to give them the best possible start to their day. Not only will the mornings be more relaxed, everyone will be feeling less stressed and happy to tackle the day ahead! We also have something special for your child that you will be able to print off at the end of this blog post!
Establishing Good Morning Routines for Children
1. Get your kids into a good night time routine
Being consistent is the key! Bath time, story and bed at the same bed time every night. Make sure your child is getting enough sleep, this is very important! Experts from The National Sleep Foundation in the United States have recommended Toddlers to have a minimum of 12-14 hours sleep and Preschoolers to have a minimum of 11-13 hours sleep per night. You can read this article posted in The Sydney Morning Herald HERE.
2. Prepare as much as possible the night before
Try and organise as much as you can the night before. Get everyones clothes out into piles, pack lunches and have bags ready. If you have time, set the table for breakfast too. Everything you can prepare the night before will take so much pressure off the morning rush.
3. Wake up before the kids
As hard as it sounds, it really is the best thing you can do to get ahead, as tempting as it is to lie in bed for a little longer! This is my favourite time of the day as I can have my coffee, get myself showered, dressed and organised (sometimes even get up to date on the NEWS!).
4. Have a Morning Routine chart for the Kids
Well, I did tell you we had something special for you! We have made a special Daily Morning Routine Chart just for you! All you need to do is print off the PDF HERE, cut out the icons and stickers, attach some BLU Tack and you are all set to go! Some kids might also benefit from using a timer to help them stay focused!
5. Stay Calm and Focused
This is the most important step but can be the most challenging! If your kids are not listening, get down to their level and tell them why you need their help. Do not expect your kids to listen when you are shouting from another room and rushing them along, it never works! The best way to get your child sticking to their morning routine is to keep routines simple and offer your kids the help and support they need and remember to PRAISE all their attempts and efforts!
We hope your new Daily Morning Routine Chart gives you more time to share special, quality moments as a family!
Leanne and Abby