Aim to make the morning routine smooth and organized for you and your child. If it's a frantic, chaotic free-for-all full of short tempers, lost backpacks and missing shoes, your child might end up having an equally shambolic day.
A well planned morning routine helps children perform better in school and handle the challenges of the day. Parents who set a detailed morning routine are preparing their children for a successful day, as well as preparing them for a successful life.
Identify Problem Areas
If you're hoping to smooth out your morning routine, first identify the problems. Is everybody too rushed? Set the alarm for 30 minutes earlier. Is your child always forgetting his lunch? Put a reminder note on the door. Are your kids cranky and difficult in the mornings? They may not be getting enough sleep. Push lights-out to an earlier time.
Morning Routine Charts
Make a list of everything that your family must accomplish in a morning. It's a lot, isn't it? Make a morning routine chart with the whole family's input to set the schedule for a typical morning. It's important that your children feel some ownership of the morning routine, so let them suggest some of the scheduling.
Your kids may enjoy a checklist or sticker chart so they can mark off what they've accomplished. You can also make the morning routine chart a family art project. Children can draw pictures or cut pictures from magazines of a toothbrush, soap, a bowl of cereal and other representations of morning tasks.
Some Tips for Successful Morning Routines
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Since time began, traditional family roles have placed the bulk of child rearing on the mothers and the bulk of the financial responsibility on the fathers. The 1960s proved to be an empowering time in the lives of women with the passing of the Equal Pay Act by Congress in 1963 that promised comparable wages for the same work regardless of race, religion or sex of the worker and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act passed in 1964 that prohibited discrimination on the basis of race, religion, or sex.