Parents & Kids: Rise and Shine

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What can you do before your children walk out the door to help them feel they can conquer anything?

Use these simple, no-nonsense pointers  to make a few simple changes that can have a big impact on how your children handle events at school.

1. Plan AheadDo your children lag behind in the morning because they can’t find matching socks or their homework? Start preparing the night before – lay out clothing, sign all papers, pack lunches, use a pill organizer for medications. etc.

2. Get a Good Night’s Sleep – A good night’s sleep can never be underestimated. Set a reasonable bedtime and then let your children EARN a later bedtime based on their daily performance.

3. Rise and Shine: Parents – Learn to embrace the morning. Wake up 15 minutes early and make yourself some coffee or tea.  A slow start will give you more patience to deal with unexpected events that come your way.

4. Rise and Shine: Kids – There was a time when getting my kids up was like awakening a couple of beasts in a cave, so I cranked up the stereo as a wake up call. Within five minutes they were all up and singing along.

5. Time to Get a Grip – Even kids need time to adjust to a new day. Don’t wake them up with only 15 minutes to spare!

6. Talk to Them – Use the extra time you saved by preparing ahead to talk to your children before they leave for school.This will help to keep the channels of communication open between you.

7. Laugh with Them – Laughter is something we all can indulge in — and it doesn’t cost us a thing.

8. Feed Them – Remember: garbage in = garbage out. Breakfast is the most important meal of your day. Don’t skimp or skip. Your child needs nutrients in order to learn.

9. Hug Them – As your children get older, they may be less affectionate and “touchy-feely.” Don’t let that stop you! Never let your child leave your home without some type of physical interaction with you.

Read more in 9 Ways to Boost Your Child’s Attitude Before the Bus Arrives, Jackie Igafo-Te’o of Bridges4Kids offers no-nonsense pointers that will help you eliminate the last-minute stress that comes with every weekday morning.

  1. This child gets A’s and B’s, but does not want to get out of the door to go to school in the morning, she reads all night if possible and we have to force her to stop reading and go to bed.

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