Does the morning routine in your household include temper tantrums and a mad rush to get out of the house? Follow this plan to keep everyone on track.
Step 1: Make sure kids have enough time to wind down at the end of the day so they can get a good night's rest. Turn off the TV, computer games, and music early in the evening so they fall asleep more easily.
Step 2: Choose outfits the night before and set it aside, and pack homework and supplies in schoolbags and leave them by the door. This will save time in the morning.
Step 3: Let older kids set the alarm clock so it becomes a natural habit. Younger kids can be woken up with a gentle nudge from parents.
Step 4: Schedule time for breakfast. A healthy morning meal can stimulate learning and make kids more attentive in class.
TIP: Include a mix of complex carbs, like whole grain toast or cereal, and protein, like eggs.
Step 5: Keep the television turned off and leave toys out of the morning routine. Fewer distractions will keep everyone on track.
FACT: Kids ages six to nine need about 10 hours of sleep a night, while kids ages 10 to 12 need just a little over nine hours per night.