Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Chaos to Calm: Morning Routines Make a Great Start to the Day

Newspaper article Evansville Courier & Press (2007-Current)

From Chaos to Calm: Morning Routines Make a Great Start to the Day

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All parents have had those chaotic mornings when the kids won't get out of bed or they are goofing around while you're trying to get everyone out the door. They neglect to take care of obvious things like brushing their teeth or putting on their shoes. After several reminders, it becomes a battle, and you send them off to the bus grumpy. It's only then that you remember their fundraiser money is due and they need poster board for a class. As the bus pulls away, you're left feeling like you've already been through a long, full day, and you haven't even left for work yet.

Driving to work with your hands tight around the wheel and teeth clenched, you think yet again, "We can't go through this every morning. Something's got to give!" If you can relate to this, it might be time to examine your family's morning routine.

Routine gives children stability and helps them avoid worrying about unknowns. Predictability is comforting for students. Establishing a morning routine makes things so much easier and leaves less room for children to challenge their parents.

A good morning starts with enough sleep the night before. A set bedtime and bedtime routine will prepare your family for a good morning.

Prepare for the morning the night before by having children shower, lay out clothes, and locate shoes as part of their bedtime routine. Be sure all backpacks are packed and ready to go. Another good time saver is packing lunches while cleaning up the dinner dishes or just after putting the kids to bed.

Waking up at the same time each day and following the same basic steps of showering, getting dressed, eating breakfast, and brushing teeth leaves little room for rebellion and may even allow time for a little reading before heading out the door.

The order, time frame and responsibilities are up to you and your child, but the daily consistency and the same expectations should be a set "school day" habit. …

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