Always remember: children love certainty (Photo: ShutterStock, New Africa)
Take parents in a hurry, add children with their own desires and rhythm and you will get a recipe for a morning in a stressful and unpleasant atmosphere and a mood that goes with each of you wherever it goes from here - to work or kindergarten. Sometimes it feels like no matter how early the house wakes up, you'll still end up leaving the house on the rattle, just before closing the gate to the garden or almost whenever the morning office meeting begins. This is because children do not perceive time as adults, do not necessarily understand the meaning of lateness, and are not skilled at delaying gratification.
They can eat breakfast very slowly (in your eyes), decide they want to talk about something without you bothering them, play their favorite game a little more, or change their clothes. You also need to get organized, even have time to drink a quick coffee and also take into account the time it will take you to bring the children to the framework, which usually leads you to rush them and the atmosphere at home to be tense and hasty.
Before you put up with the work that this is how your mornings are going to look, as long as you have small children at home, you should know that there are a few things you can do that will take the load and tasks off you, relieve some stress and send you all a little more relaxed to start your day:
prepare clothes in advance, for both you and your children Choosing clothes in the morning can take a long time and be exhausting if your children
have a strong opinion on the matter. Always prepare your children's clothes for kindergarten the night before, and if you see a need - confirm with them that this is what they are going to wear tomorrow. Don't skip yourself and prepare your clothes for work as well, or at least think about it in advance so that you will be as free as possible in the morning and free from tasks.
Decide what breakfast
will be instead of debating every morning what the children will eat, decide on it in advance and even make sure to prepare before if possible. It is recommended to choose small and comfortable foods that children, even small ones, can eat on their own, such as pancakes, muffins or a sandwich. The principle that should guide you is nutritious food, fast and as little messy as possible.
Coordinate in advance who takes the children to kindergarten and update them Children love certainty, and in order to save long minutes of crying and complaining such as "But I want Dad to take me to kindergarten", agree in advance who is responsible for bringing the children to kindergarten and even update the children according to their age, if you feel that this will make it easier for them
in the morning and save unnecessary drama. This order will also benefit you, because when everyone knows what his role is, the house will run more harmoniously.
Try to wake up a little before everyone else
Yes, even if it means very early in the morning. Sometimes fifteen minutes for yourself can do wonders. Get organized quietly, drink your coffee at leisure, and then you'll be much more available to take care of and organize your children in the morning.
Organize the bag for kindergarten the night before
diapers, a change of clothes, pacifiers and wipes - everything that needs to be brought to kindergarten should be ready in the children's bag ahead of time. Amidst the stress of the morning, you'll likely forget things and be prepared in advance.
Teach children the morning routine It's never too early to start: Teach children, no matter how old they are, that in the morning
there is a fixed order of actions. First you change your diaper or go to the bathroom, then you wash your face and brush your teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed and comb. The clearer the morning routine, the greater the chances of cooperation on the part of the children.
Use flashcards describing the sequence of actions in the morning can be found around the web or make their own flashcards on which are drawn the actions that children should do in the morning
- brushing their teeth, breakfast, getting dressed, etc. Show the children the flashcards and talk to them about the sequence of actions, it can definitely be like playing together. The visuals harness them to action, as well as the certainty of what comes after what and the sense of the fireplaceTheir freedom when you involve them in the process and not just tell them what to do.
Incorporate a game or songs into the morning organizations Sure, it will take a little creativity and patience, but the atmosphere at home is going to change for the
better. Try to bring some fun into your morning routine – sing to the kids while you dress them, skip to the kitchen with them on the way to breakfast and find ways to make it easier and not delay the morning tasks.
Instead of debating every morning what the children would eat, decide in advance (Photo: ShutterStock)
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