Two large pots of chai drowned and Neha is all set for the Monday moring rush, or so she thinks every Monday morning. But Ria, her 4 year old, is fussing about brushing and her older 8 year old, Kian, is rooted on the sofa. No amount of coaxing is helping. Neha starts to shout! Sounds familiar?
There are some key negative impacts of rushing the mornings
Productivity decrease -Starting mornings with so much stress can make it more difficult for parents and kids to concentrate and be productive during the day.
Missing Breakfast - Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day. In order to be on time, we often end up missing breakfast leading to long term health effects
In the rush, you may forget something important like signing a school note or taking to work an important file.
Here are 5 simple steps you can do to make mornings better
1) Sufficient Sleep: Children are bound to be cranky if they don’t get enough sleep. Actually this is true even for parents. Please ensure than children get 10 -11 hours of sleep . Its good for adults to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep too. Good sleep packs you with good energy and you can handle the day better
2) Preparing the day before: Ensure that files, books etc are already in place for the next day. Get children to be part of the planning process.Make meal prep the night before, such as cutting vegetables fruits etc
3) Get up when the alarm goes off: This may be tough, especially if you’re not a morning person. But getting up as soon as the alarm buzzes is a must for a stress-free morning. Wake up before the children so that you have time for a quiet cup of tea and a small yoga sessio
4) Have a set morning routine: children are creatures of habit, its easier to get them to follow a routine. . Not having to make decisions about what to do in the morning saves a lot of time and mental energy.
5) Start the day on a positive note: A quick hug or a friendly “Good morning!” will set the tone for the morning and make your children more cooperative.
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