HOW TO CREATE A STRESS-FREE MORNING ROUTINE FOR TODDLERS


Every parent on this planet knows that mornings are the most crucial part of the day. A stubborn child, a lost shoe, a misplaced set of keys or a full-blown tantrum can send a potentially peaceful morning in an explosive direction. I really believe that the tone you set in the morning will follow you for the rest of the day. When everyone climbs out of the car feeling angry and upset or like his or her needs have not been considered, it makes for a pretty crappy day.


Here are 7 simple ways to get the most out of your mornings:

1] PREP LIKE A PRO
Planning for tomorrow, today is a great way to ensure a stress-free morning. Whether you decide to lightly prep (putting out school clothes and undies), or go all out (pre-packing lunches, taking supper out of the freezer, setting out tomorrows clothes and even setting up the morning coffee cups) focusing your mind on the day to come is a really effective way to guarantee a mindful start to the coming day.

2] TAKE IT SLOW
I am a morning person. I enjoy waking up early and getting a jump on the day. I know that I am in the minority, definitely in my house and perhaps even the world. Hear me out though, waking up early is the best way to start the day because you do not have to rush anything. You are able to prepare breakfast, put the school bags at the door, gently wake your little ones and shower in peace. Here’s a great example of my morning timeline:

5am: wake up
5.10am: sip coffee and go over what needs to be done for the day
5.20am: wake Regan
5.30am: Regan goes to shower
6am: wake Sophie with a tickle and lots of kisses
6.10am: dress Sophie
6.20am: breakfast
7.am: teeth brushing
7.15am: final sanity check that all things needed are packed
7.30am: leave the house

I live by this schedule. 

3] MAKE THEM FEEL SPECIAL
Your serotonin is stimulated when you feel special. Our brains long for it. Find a way to make your little ones feel special every day. For us it’s the wake up routine. Sophie loves to be tickled and I know this “tickle time” makes her feel closer to me and hey, you can’t fault a day that starts off with laughter.

4] CHAT ABOUT THEIR DAILY GOALS
While the little ones are getting dressed, chat to them about their goals for day. What are they most excited about? Who would like to play with today? This mindset allows them to feel more control of their day, it drives an intentional mindset and makes them feel more of a connection between school and home.

5] NO SCREEN TIME
Screens provide so much distraction. Enticing as that may be, the early hours of the day should be a distraction (read: screen) free zone for both parents and little ones. We all know how easy it is to pick our phones as soon as we open our eyes to “quickly” check mail or Twitter or Facebook and boom, 30 minutes of the morning routine is taken up by social media. This habit almost always leaves us feeling rushed and irritable. Right?

6] HAVE A LAUGH
This is such no-brainer. A good, hearty giggle leaves you happy for hours after. At least that’s been my experience. Sometimes when the giggles are far from the surface, I just force them out. Fake it till you make it, right? My forced laughter entertains Sophie so much, so it’s a win either way.

7] EAT BREAKFAST TOGETHER
This is perhaps the ultimate time luxury. Being able to enjoy a rushed breakfast, scoffed over the sink feels like a dream most days, so how on earth do you carve out time to actually sit down as a family and enjoy breakfast together? Well, it’s not easy. But perhaps schedule it once a week? For example for us, Friday mornings are set in stone, breakfast days. It makes starting the weekend feel that much more exciting and special.

Starting the day more positively will lead to happier kids and happier parents. While each family is different, I have realised that the one thing we all have in common is: the busier you are, the more routine actually matters. So if your household is a frantic one (like ours), I hope these 7 simple morning hacks could help.


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Nikki Lincoln

Thanks for reading my little blog! I'm Nikki, writer, mom, passionate foodie and bookworm. In addition to my blog, I also craft creative and engaging content for various FMCG brands and a few events companies.

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