Once your morning alarm goes off, the chaos begins. Just like adults, children feel more confident and secure when they have a daily schedule to follow. Studies show that children who practice regular routines and healthy habits are able to regulate their emotions and behaviors, which is the foundation of good mental health.
Creating and maintaining a morning routine brings a sense of calmness in the early hours and provides endless health benefits for families and children. Starting your child’s day with a morning routine will help reduce anxiety, increase productivity, and boost positivity.
5 morning tips to brighten your child’s day
1. Make the bed
Having your child be in charge of making their bed every morning instills good habits early on. It is recommended to have minor daily chores set in your household, such as making the bed, starting as early as the age of 3. Though it might be a small accomplishment in your eyes, a child will feel confident enough to tackle other challenges throughout their day. A made bed also influences sleep quality, which is needed to have a great day. As stated by the National Sleep Foundation, people who have a good night’s sleep are 19% more likely to have a productive day!
2. Practice affirmations
Positive affirmations strengthen your child’s self-worth. Teaching your child the benefits of affirmations and how to imbed them into their routine will boost confidence, positivity, and ambition. Affirmations like, “I’m choosing to have an amazing day," “I am proud of myself and my opinions matter," or "My future is bright and today I will shine" can replace any negative beliefs a child might have and transform them into positive thoughts. Begin by creating affirmations together to help familiarize your child with the process. Eventually your child will feel comfortable enough to try and come up with their own. These 3-5 minutes each morning can change their life (and yours)!
A child who sleeps 9+ hours a night goes a long time without water consumption, so rehydration is crucial first thing in the morning. Water keeps joints and bones healthy, helps blood circulate, and improves memory, mood, and attention in kids. Helping your child choose water first (and doing so yourself) promotes healthy habits that will carry on into adulthood. Even mild dehydration can keep a child from performing their best in school…so let’s make sure our children are properly hydrated each and every morning!
4. Stretch & move
Stretching early in the morning is vital, especially during growth spurts. Stretching helps your child relieve muscle tension from the night before while preparing their body for the day ahead. Cobra stretch, knees-to-chest, or spinal twist are just a few examples of fun and safe poses a child might enjoy doing. Stretching improves agility, joint health and range of motion, and increases blood flow to the muscles. Morning stretches are also an easy way to incorporate a few minutes of exercise into your child’s routine!
5. Set daily goals
Goal setting, a critical skill to learn at a young age, teaches children the importance of responsibility, promotes a “can-do attitude”, and helps create their persona. Whether big or small, setting daily goals will prompt our children to think about their potential and future, such as who they want to be or what they want to learn more about.
Don't forget a good night's sleep
Of course, a good night's sleep is required before conquering the day! Children ages 5 to 13 need 9 to 12 hours of sleep each night to improve their overall mental and physical health. Let’s also not forget the importance of fueling their bodies with a nutritious meal. In a morning rush, some children skip breakfast, which causes feelings of drowsiness or irritability throughout their day. Breakfast provides endless benefits for families and children including an increase in brainpower and energy. It also reduces the risks of illness. After all, it’s the most important meal of the day. A few healthy breakfast ideas include:
- Breakfast burritos
- Overnight oats
- Peanut Butter toast
- Scrambled eggs and ham
- Fruit smoothie
Those first few hours of the day are meant to prepare your child for their day ahead, and a routine is just what they need. It’s a time to spend together while ensuring your child feels safe and secure. Setting a morning routine along with proper rest and a filling meal is essential for a child’s development. Our children are the leaders of TOMORROW, so let's enrich their wellbeing with these 5 morning tips for a brighter TODAY.