Each day with your preschooler brings the possibility for something new: a new skill, a new phrase, a new fact learned. One thing that should remain constant for you and your preschooler is a morning routine. Establishing a predictable morning routine will help your child feel safe and secure throughout the day. It also gets your child’s brain ready to approach the day in a productive way.
Are you one to hit the snooze button a few times each morning? You might want to resist the temptation to delay the inevitable. Those few extra minutes of sleep you are gaining are moments that you could be spending gently waking up your child. Waking up can be difficult for some children, and if you put it off until the last minute, it can put a major wrench in your morning routine.
Set aside five extra minutes to snuggle up to your child, let them know that you are there with them, and begin telling them about all of the fun things that will happen today. The more things they have to look forward to, the more likely they are to wake up in a pleasant mood. Think about it, I bet your preschooler never gives you any trouble when you wake them up to go to Disney World!
I am positive that you have heard it said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I won’t lecture you on the nutritional benefits of breaking the fast, but I will tell you about the importance of sharing a few bites with your little one in the morning.
Even if your child’s school provides them with free breakfast, there is nothing wrong with sitting down and sharing a bowl of cereal or oatmeal in the morning before school. Eating together gives you the opportunity to spend a quiet moment with your child, model good table manners, discuss goals for the day, and leave the house with a happy tummy. Don’t you feel much better after your morning cup of coffee? A cup of milk and a bite of fruit can do the same for your child. A small bite can go a long way in creating a great morning.
The Drop Off
Dropping your child off at preschool can be a make or break experience for the day. While some children won’t show signs of distress at drop off, they may still be carrying anxiety throughout the day if they aren’t handed off to their caregiver in the right way.
We recommend walking all the way to your child’s classroom and joining your child in greeting their teacher. After sharing any necessary information with the teacher, get down at your child’s level, give them a big hug and kiss, and be sure to tell them that you (or another family member) will be back to pick them up soon. Do not skip this step. Your child depends on you for comfort and reassurance, and even if you have said this to them a thousand times, they still need to hear it each day.
We all know mornings can be tough! What does your morning routine look like? Are there things you could improve on? We would love to hear from you in the comments section below!