Mornings are hard. Well, unless they are the sleep in until 10am, eat waffles in bed then take a nap at 11am type of mornings.
But any morning where a big transition needs to take place, like from home to school, is difficult for a child. They may get confused and scared, trying to answer difficult questions like “Why do I have to go to school?”, “Why can’t I stay in bed?” or “Why is everyone in such a hurry?”
A recent article published in Motherly gave some sage advice to make the morning transition more calm. They suggest starting the day by making a connection with your child.
Seems simple enough! How can you do it?
Pam Moore, the author of “The one thing parents can do to make mornings smoother, according to science“, suggests taking time for relationship building acts like snuggling, having a quiet conversation or reading a book.
Rather than starting the morning with rushed instructions on what to do before school, try incorporating moments of togetherness. You’re all working towards a common goal: Having a great morning together.
Here are a few more ideas:
- Sing a peaceful morning song
- Tell a story about your dreams
- Listen to a favorite radio station
- Have a special breakfast item that both you and your child look forward to, like a fruit smoothie
- Read one book
- Brush your teeth together
- Say one thing you’re thankful for
These small moments of positive connection will leave you and your child refreshed and ready for the day ahead.
How do you incorporate small moments of calm in your morning? Leave comments below!
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