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7 Steps to Create a Positive Morning Routine For Kids

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Ditch the morning mayhem! Discover 7 simple steps to craft a joyful and stress-free morning routine for kids, from setting consistent wake-up times to fun activities and celebrating successes.

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Mornings, ah. Many families may be a battlefield of hurrying, complaining, and frantic scurrying. However, things don't have to be that way! Envision a world in which you wake up feeling content, cooperative, and laughing each morning. 

This guide reveals 7 easy yet effective ways to turn your hectic mornings into productive routines that set the tone for a joyful and successful day for you and your kids. Prepare to bid the stress farewell and welcome a happier beginning! ✨

Benefits of establishing a morning routine in kids

A reliable morning routine may resemble a hidden treasure chest more than anything! Rich with advantages, it gives students the confidence and organization to face the world—or at least their schoolwork—head-on each morning. 

Recall that having a good morning routine has nothing to do with rigid regimens or military accuracy. It's about giving your child confidence, ensuring everyone is joyful and peaceful, and establishing a routine and pleasurable approach to start the day. 

Happy exploring! ✨

“Routines support healthy social-emotional development in early childhood. In particular, children with regular routines at home have self-regulation skills, the building blocks of good mental health.” 💡Zero to Thrive

How long should a morning routine for kids ideally last?

The ideal routine duration varies depending on your child's age, temperament, and even the dynamics of your household. For younger children, aim for 30 to 45 minutes; however, allow for individual requirements and the complexity of the activities.

Include your child, be upbeat, and never forget that the best time is when everyone has happy, stress-free mornings! Check out our advice on "what time should kids go to sleep" to learn more about sleep patterns and how to establish a peaceful morning routine. 

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How to create a morning routine for kids in 7 steps

Tired of the morning scramble? Transform chaos into calm with these 7 simple steps!

Step 1: Set a consistent wake-up time

Establish a regular wake-up hour, especially on weekends, as consistency is crucial.

Step 2: Plan mentally healthy activities

For this, select age-appropriate activities for your children, such as short affirmation sessions or StoryBook meditations.

Step 3: Prioritize healthy habits

 Include a healthy breakfast, brushing teeth, and packing lunches for a mindful start.

Step 4: Create a visual schedule

Make a visual schedule for your child that includes stickers or photos to help them follow the routine.

Step 5: Involve your child in planning

Give your kids the freedom to pick their activities and give them ownership over the routine.

Step 6: Be flexible and positive

Unexpected interruptions? Adjust! A positive and steady flow is essential.

Step 7: Celebrate achievements

To maintain motivation, recognize accomplishments, and give credit for efforts!

You'll be saying goodbye to morning meltdowns and welcome to happy starts with these steps and a little perseverance! ✨

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Sample morning routines for different age groups

👶 Toddlers (18-36 months)

  • 6:30 AM: Wake up, cuddle with parent, sing songs.
  • 6:45 AM: Change diaper, wash hands.
  • 7:00 AM: Simple breakfast - fruit, yogurt, milk.
  • 7:15 AM: Play with quiet toys, listen to music or affirmations, meditations with StoryBook.
  • 7:30 AM: Get dressed with help, brush teeth.
  • 7:45 AM: Outdoor play (weather permitting) or another calming activity.
  • 8:00 AM: Leave for daycare or start day at home.

👧 Preschoolers (3-5 years old):

  • 7:00 AM: Wake up, and choose an outfit from pre-selected options.
  • 7:15 AM: Wash hands, brush teeth.
  • 7:30 AM: Breakfast - cereal, eggs, fruit, milk.
  • 7:45 AM: Help pack backpack, and choose a book for the day.
  • 8:00 AM: Playtime with educational toys or quiet activities. you can also use affirmations and meditations with StoryBook.
  • 8:15 AM: Get dressed independently with minimal assistance.
  • 8:30 AM: Leave for school or start day at home with planned activities.

👦 Elementary School (6-11 years old):

  • 7:30 AM: Wake up, and listen to calming music.
  • 7:45 AM: Shower, and dress independently.
  • 8:00 AM: Pack lunch, and choose breakfast from healthy options.
  • 8:15 AM: Practice reading with StoryBook, either with affirmations, stories, or meditations, solve a puzzle, or do another independent activity.
  • 8:30 AM: Review daily schedule, and check backpack for forgotten items.
  • 8:45 AM: Leave for school with some buffer time to avoid rushing.

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Tips for sustaining a morning routine for kids

Establishing a peaceful and well-structured morning routine is great, but sticking with it can be difficult. Here are some pointers to maintain positive energy:

  • The key is consistency: try your best to maintain the schedule, especially on the weekends. Unpredictability fosters security and eases anxiety at the last minute.
  • Positive reinforcement: To celebrate accomplishments and motivate employees, give them small gifts, words of support, and praise. For this, we have the Storybook App, where you will find: stories, meditations, affirmations, and more.
  • Engage them: Let your kids help develop and modify the routine to promote ownership and buy-in.
  • Accept flexibility: Things happen in life! Be ready to modify the schedule without becoming anxious in unforeseen circumstances.
  • Have fun! You can add music, amusing challenges, or playful activities to make mornings fun and exciting.
  • Visual reminders: To assist your youngster in staying on task and responsible, use clocks, stickers, or charts.

"The first step in planning your morning routine for school could be to make a weekly schedule with reminders of what your child needs for school each day.” 💡Raising Children

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