Steps to a Positive Morning Routine for Kids

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A positive morning routine for kids offers children increased security, improves self-confidence, and enhances focus and learning abilities throughout the day.  Incorporating these five crucial steps into daily practice creates habits that aid young individuals’ emotional and intellectual growth through structured positivity. The significance of ingraining such constructive behaviour cannot be emphasised enough as it sets up lifelong healthy practices while benefiting them positively today!

  1. Consistent Sleep Schedule
  2. To ensure your child receives adequate sleep each night, set up a consistent sleep schedule. Select an appropriate bedtime aligned with the suggested duration of sleep for their age group and aim to follow this routine consistently. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, children between 6-12 years should get around 9-12 hours per night while teenagers may require up to approximately eight-to-ten hours. Maintaining regularity helps regulate body clocks and enhances how refreshed they feel upon waking up. Here are some things to do to create a sleep schedule for kids:

    • Make sure the bedroom is comfortable and relaxing
    • Keep TVs and computers out of the room
    • Set a time for “lights off” and follow it strictly
    • Avoid physical activity just before bedtime
    • Encourage them to choose calming activities before bedtime such as reading from books, listening to music, reflecting on the day, etc.
    • Help them practise deep breathing for relaxation

    Also Read: Benefits of Quiet Time for Toddlers

  3. Prepare the Night Before
  4. Preparing ahead is key to making mornings less stressful and beginning the day smoothly. By doing this ahead of time, parents create a calm environment for their children making the waking up process easier with less pressure on them. Here are some things to do to prepare your child for school the night before:

    • Ensure their homework is complete
    • Get them to have a bath or shower the night before
    • Get them to pack their school bags
    • Have them pick out and lay out their clothes or uniforms
    • Get them to organise their shoes
    • Designate specific areas in their room where they get organised with their clothes, shoes, books, planners and school bags.
    • Plan breakfast and lunches

    These steps help foresee any possible issues that might cause delays.

    Also Read: Incorporating Animal Walk Exercise Into Kids’ Routine

  5. Healthy Eating
  6. Ensuring a nutritious breakfast for your child’s morning routine is vital. Including protein, whole grains, fruits, and veggies in their meal can boost concentration and sustain energy throughout the school day. Encourage them to make time for breakfast, even if it is quick, to avoid rushing while eating. A few quick options to try could be:

    • Bowl of cereal or oats with fruits
    • Healthy breakfast bars
    • French toast
    • Milkshakes/Smoothie bowls
    • Green peas sandwiches
    • Vegetable omelettes
    • Chia seeds porridge
  7. Positive Interaction and Encouragement
  8. Begin your day with positive communication. A warm and friendly welcome paired with a smile can greatly impact the emotional well-being of your child. Engage in a short conversation about what is planned for today while providing words of encouragement and support to them. Engage in a short conversation about what’s planned for today while providing words of encouragement and support to them. This will foster positive thinking among children, uplifting their mood and mindset towards tackling life’s obstacles during the rest of the day ahead.

    Here are some quick tips on things to do to encourage cooperation and good behaviour:

    • Start the mornings as positively as you can. It could be a hug, a smile, soft music, or eating together.
    • Share that one thing you both look forward to on the
    • Encourage them to feel and speak positively about the day through affirmations.
    • Give calm, clear instructions followed by appreciation and praise as soon as they cooperate
    • Encourage them to do more by themselves
    • Make it fun. For example, you could try a game to get them to be ready on time.

    Also Read: Perfect Playdate for Kids

  9. Simplify the Routine
  10. Streamline your morning routine by minimising tasks and prioritising what is essential to ensure you leave on time. These might include completing basic personal grooming like brushing teeth or washing up, as well as promptly reviewing any school-related duties or notes. Minimising complications can ward off distressing sensations and set a calm tone for the rest of the day. Here are some ways to simplify the routine for kids:

    • Create a family calendar which includes the daily schedules for each family member
    • Create a family inbox for important paperwork to be done, for example, signing report cards, permission slips, test papers, the night before.
    • Set consequences for any delays and be consistent in following them

Kids must have a positive morning routine as it plays an important role in their daily lives. A constructive start not only instils enthusiasm but also ensures productivity and happiness throughout the day.

Parents can impart consistency by developing healthy sleeping patterns, organising belongings beforehand, serving nutritious breakfasts, maintaining good communication with them and simplifying their timetable. These five effective measures will augment children’s overall well-being at home and school each passing day. For more such articles, refer to EuroSchool blogs.



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