Mornings can be challenging, even for that rare breed of creature who considers themselves a “morning person.” When discussing young children, mornings can be even more difficult. Children are sometimes irrational creatures in every regard, therefore, it can be especially patience stretching to wake a grumpy child and seamlessly get out of the door without losing your mind, or your cool. Here are a few tips from some seasoned parents that may help make your morning go a little smoother and hopefully to at least soothe that wild beast you have invoked.
1. Are They Counting Enough Sleep?
This is paramount, there are specific recommendations for each and every age child. The amount of sleep your child has can directly impact the ability to rouse in the morning, as well as the mood you find your precious gem in.
2. Repeat Yourself (wake them twice)
Adults are guilty of this; we call it the snooze button where we allow our bodies to become used to the idea of waking in the morning. As you develop your morning routine consider letting your children know that the first time you wake them will be gentle (maybe a kiss on the forehead or a soothing stroke of the hair). The second time you come, you expect more than a flutter of the eyelids.
3. Here Comes the Sun…
Though it is very important in the evening at bedtime to have a quiet and darkened room to help lull your little one off to dreamland, it is equally important to create an energized environment in the morning. Open the curtains, twist up the blinds and allow the light in.
Never underestimate the reward system. Set some expectations and bust out a goal chart. If your child wakes and readies themselves without incident every day for a week, offer a small treat as a reward for the desired behavior.
5. Tunes to Tame the wild Beast
Develop a morning playlist of your child’s favorite energetic make-you-move-and-groove kind of songs. Amp this up in the mornings to get them roused and going, hopefully without the grumpiness joining you.
Give some thought mom and dad, to how you wake in your best form to greet the day, be creative and sometimes patient. Using some of these tips should enable you to have a smoother, less stressful morning routine. Now go wake that Tasmanian devil.