Start off your day (and your kid’s) on a good note.
If your kid wakes up happy, then chances are they’ll stay that way for most of the morning. Have a pleasant way of waking them – don’t shout or bang on the door; instead, use an alarm that’ll rouse her with a ringtone or song of her choice.
NEXT: Allow food choices at breakfast →
The first meal of the day is more fun when it’s not the same old thing every morning. Allowing them to enjoy the responsibility of picking their own breakfast – even if it’s just simple cereals or toast – will make them feel more relaxed and cooperative.
NEXT: Prepare everything in advance →
Have her clothes laid out the night before and her school bag packed and ready to reduce the stress of a mad morning hustle. Your kid will have a more relaxed departure for school, and waking up will seem less like a chore.
NEXT: Vary her school route →
Sure, it’s probably easier if you drive her to school the same way every morning, or if you take the same bus every time. But that can become boring, and providing variety can inject an element of fun that’s something to look forward to.
NEXT: Provide a reward for good behaviour →
Tell your kid that she’ll get a special treat if she gets ready in the morning without a complaint. Of course, you can’t – and shouldn’t – do this every day, but an occasional incentive adds more incentive for her to complete her daily routine.
NEXT: Be in a fun-loving mood yourself →
The constant battles to get your young one out in the mornings might make you feel worn out and grumpy from the moment you wake up. Just as the grumps might rub off on her child, so would a more positive attitude.
NEXT: Use a child-centred alarm →
From Young Parents, October 2017
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