Now that the kids are going back to school, parents are faced with stressful mornings again? If you have a helper at home, you probably can't relate much with that statement. We don't have a helper. It's not that we can't afford it, but it's just how we manage our home.
So during school days, I (and/or my husband) wake up earlier to prepare breakfast and the kids' "baon" or packed lunch and snacks. Then, we wake up the kids and they take turns taking a bath, getting dressed or eating breakfast. Then, off they go to school.
Wait ... that doesn't look stressful to me. Well, let me tell you, doing these things are NOT really stressful. What stresses me is the fact that the kids don't want to wake up and when they do get up they do things (like eating) very slowly as if they don't care about the time. My dear husband, who is telling them to go fast is getting anxious because they might be late for school because of the traffic. He drives them to school.
How Do You Get Your Kids to Wake Up Early in the Morning?That is the big question of this blog post. I read a few articles to know what can help awaken the kids and get them out of bed. Here are a few tips to take note of:
1. Make them sleep early
2. Turn off or turn on the light.
Make use of this biological fact. Turn off the light at the time when you want your children to go to sleep. Turn on the light to wake them up or let the sunlight shine through if the sun is already up.
3. Remove distractions.
Sometimes, I am to blame because I often work online at night. So, I have to make a choice to turn off the Wi-Fi until the children are asleep, then resume work, if necessary.
4. Wake them up earlier.
5. Use an alarm clock.
6. Start changing their sleep patterns one week before school starts.
It would take time for the kids to adjust to waking up earlier again. So give them at least a week to implement #4. Make waking up early a part of their habit gradually. Don't force it on them right on the first day of school. It won't work. I know it is so because of experience.
7. Prepare their mindset.
If they have issues on going to school (they don't feel like going to school for reasons like fear, laziness or being bullied), you need to deal with that, too. You've got to encourage and affirm them that things will be all right or better. If you could give an incentive, then do so to help them achieve their goal.
I'm still prepping my 2 gradeschoolers so they would be ready to wake up early by next week when their classes start. The highschoolers are still adjusting. They are able to go to school in time this week, but they need to wake up earlier next week otherwise their siblings will be late for school.
How about your kids? Have they adjusted to waking up early for school again?