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Getting up and out in the morning can be an incredibly daunting task. Personally, I hate waking up at 5 am, however, since the kids school district decided it would be a great idea to have buses come at 6:30am, I kind of don’t have a choice.
The key to making mornings work in our home is having a steady routine. No matter the age of the child (or even adult), having a routine is beneficial in making sure not only your mornings go smoothly, but your days and well, your life. Having a routine doesn’t mean there won’t be days where you fall off, of that something absolutely ridiculous happens, it just means that you will be able to bounce back faster.
Incorporating a routine with children teaches effective time management that will be helpful throughout their life.
Here are 5 Things Every Child Should Do In The Mornings
1. Make Their Bed
The younger you start your child off completing this task, the less frustrating things will be down the road. Making your bed first thing teaches children to care and be responsible for their space.
2. Eat Breakfast
Starting your day with a healthy meal is a no brainer. However, its not something that is always feasible or second nature to everyone. It’s best to have your child eat breakfast before they get ready-but do whatever works for your schedule.
3. Brush Their Teeth
By the age of 4 (if not 3) your child should be able to brush their teeth independently. There are still mornings where I find myself having to remind my eight year old to brush his before he leaves the house,however, I do recognize this may not be the norm.
4. Dress Themselves
This is another task that can (and should be) completed independently. By Kindergarten children are able to set out their own clothes, even if it means you have to go back make sure that they match.
5. Complete a Chore
Whether it’s unloading the dishwasher or packing their own lunch, assigning one small chore before school not only teaches responsibility, but helps ensure that tasks around the home are completed.