Helping Children Set a Timetable
As parents, we always find a way to get the stress out of parenting. To some parents, the morning will be the most stressful like getting an entire family up, dressed, fed and out the door, before the sun even comes up could easily be a recipe for disaster (or at least a meltdown or two!).
All families need some type of routine to establish normalcy, a way to get things done and a sense of security. Children often fear the unknown – whether it’s the broccoli on their plate – or a big life change like moving to a different house or gaining a new sibling. Setting a schedule for your children will give them more confidence and stability in making your life easier as a parent.
Make sure everyone is getting enough sleep
Sleeping is important for all of us especially kids. Researches of the study hypothesize that the lack of sleep results in reduced empathy, increased negativity, reduced ability to resolve differences and increased selfishness which eventually led to the strain in relationships. Whenever you get a chance, talk to your kids about the value of sleep.
Prepare the night before
To minimize the number of responsibilities everyone has in the morning, there are few things which you can prepare the night before such as breakfast, packed lunches and choose clothes. With all these well prepared, you will definitely have a lovely morning and no rush situation.
Get up before your kids
If you set your alarm for at least 15 – 30 minutes before your kids wake up, establishing a morning routine for kids becomes so much easier and you’ll be setting the whole family up for a successful morning. Ideally, you will be showered, dressed, packed up for the day and the most important of all, CAFFEINATED! Just like children, adults benefit from a regular routine. Consider creating a morning ritual that helps you start your day off well before your kids even wake up.
Make a daily routine chart
Some kids use pictures instead of just words in your morning routine chart, these are the things you may need to include. Once you picked the routine chart for kids, go through all of the steps with them talking about each step as you go along your morning. This will help you recognize any glitches or perhaps the need to re-order some of the steps. Throughout the morning routine, encourage your child to take ownership of these tasks and try not to do everything for them. It might be quicker in the short term to put their pants on for them but you will just contribute to a power struggle that you will pay for in time and frustration down the road.
Putting the schedule into practice
You can reinforce your children by placing the daily routine chart in their room. This way, your children can look at the routine chart every day and know what exactly what the plan is. Parents can also refer to the chart throughout the day to remind your children what they should expect.
Remain calm and connected
Your kids can sense when you are rushed and frantic and they will slow down and resist. When you feel yourself becoming frazzled, get down on the same level as your child and explain to them why you need their help at that moment and give them a task to take ownership of. Getting ready and getting everyone out the door in the morning is a task for the whole family and all members of the family need to contribute to this effort.
The bad news is time flies. The good news is you’re the pilot. Michael Altshuler
Guiding children to manage their time wisely is like giving them the most precious possession they can even earn. Teach them right from the beginning so they can harvest the best fruit in the future.