School day mornings can be sooo stressful! Everyone has been there at one time or another…the age of the child doesn’t matter, the issues just change a little!
We talked in the past about organizing your evenings so that stress would be reduced in the morning….things like putting clothes out, backpack with all assignments waiting by the back door, jackets, shoes, lunches all ready to go and always in the same places.
So today, how about trying to find a calm way to get up in the morning?? Most kids do not want to wake up on your schedule…only on theirs. When they are very young they wake up before you want them to, but as they get older you feel like you need to drag them out of that bed:)
Here’s a suggestion for your school age munchkins…may be helpful, may not…but could be worth a try!
Try a countdown in the mornings:
About 5 minutes before you want them out of bed:
Go in the room….say “5 Minutes!”
Two minutes later, go back in the room…give ‘em a kiss and say “2 Minutes!”
After 2 minutes, go in the room, turn on the lights(the part my boys hated the most) and say “Up and at ‘em” and walk out of the room. They need to believe that you trust them to follow your directions.
Check after one minute and say “Let’s go!” and start giving them their clothing, remind them to brush their teeth and have them head downstairs(or wherever yours need to be). Make sure they don’t need to go back upstairs once they’re down…it could be a stall tactic. Breakfast…not usually time for “what do you want?”…just put out what you want them to eat. Give them another 2 minute warning before it’s time to head out the door. One last reminder to grab all of their things. You be the last one out so you can check to make sure the backpacks and lunches are not still waiting to be picked up.
There will always be a morning or two that goes crazy on you, but hopefully a tip here and there can make most of your mornings happy and a cheerful way for your kids to start their day:)
When children have calm, easy-going mornings they tend to be more successful in school. Aim for a stress-free morning:)
D and C