If you are like most families, your weekday mornings are not best described as relaxing, calming, or peaceful. This is because for most parents getting children prepared for the day can be a frenzied mess. Depending on the age of your children, you likely have to prepare lunches, ensure appropriate attire, make breakfast for the entire family, and check to make sure they have everything they need for the day. This can be stressful, and in today’s article, we at Montessori Education Centers would like to share with you some tips to help improve the way you manage your morning routine. Although these tips will certainly vary depending on the age of your children, we hope that they help improve the way you and your family start your day.
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Below are some recommendations for smoothing out rough mornings.
Get Enough Sleep
Before you even begin to refine your morning routine, it is important to make sure that you are regularly getting enough sleep. The importance of sleep cannot be overstated—for both parent and child. Sleep is absolutely crucial to attention and learning.
Prepare the Night Before
Some parents adhere to the philosophy that if it doesn’t have to be done in the morning it should be done the night before. While your morning routine does not need to be this stringent, there is something to learn from this idea. Routinely setting aside some time the night before to pack lunches, pick out clothes, and pack bags can help reduce the stress of tackling it all during the morning. When it comes to picking out clothes, consider putting the appropriate school clothes at a level they can reach, so that they can handle this task on their own.
Establish Morning Routines
Until your child has it down pat, it is important to give them some visual reminders or checklists of things they should do in the morning—e.g. brushing teeth, combing hair, washing face, putting shoes on, gathering bags, etc. Holding them responsible to accomplish these tasks will help build confidence, self-sufficiency, and responsibility, and it will drastically help reduce the stress of getting ready. Encourage your child to take ownership of these tasks.
Another important thing is to work with your child to create a list of healthy breakfast foods that you deem appropriate and that they enjoy. Additionally, when encouraging your child to take ownership of their morning preparation, make sure that you are staying organized and that everything has its place. This will help facilitate their success.
Give Yourself Extra Time
Although no one wants to give up sleep, waking up just 15 minutes earlier could make all the difference. Having this extra time will give yourself a little cushion, and it will also help you get a head start on your morning preparation, which can help keep you stay calm and unfrazzled.
This is, of course, in no way a comprehensive list. Hopefully, these suggestions will help to smooth out one or two wrinkles in your routine. If you are in the Omaha area and are looking for a school that strives to go above and beyond a standard daycare or elementary school, check out our Montessori Education Centers. Learn more about us and read our FAQ. Contact us today with any questions or to schedule a visit to one of our seven Omaha Montessori Educational Centers!