Shouts and persuasions, complaints and whims are not at all what you want to start the day, when it is dark and cold outside, and there are 6 lessons ahead or a long “shift” in kindergarten. Therefore, it is worth excluding everything that can spoil the mood for the whole day: the army “Get up!” or the “We’re late!” panic, the bright light right after waking up, and the hateful porridge on the table. We will tell you what you can and should do for an effective awakening and a successful day. As the writer Yanina Ipokhorskaya said, it is not enough to get up early in the morning, you also have to stop sleeping.
Avoid loud sounds
Too much alarm clock ringing, although it will wake you up, it won’t lift your spirits and may even scare you. Psychologists generally do not recommend the use of alarm clocks for children under 10 years of age. In extreme cases, you can set nature sounds or a calm melody as the call, but mom’s voice is even better. Soft, calm intonations will wake him up more slowly, but more effectively than loud calls, shouts, and commands.
Don’t be intimidated by bright lights
Even the sun rises gradually, and we should not suddenly turn on the bright lights when entering the children’s room. Start with local lighting: a night light or table lamp while the child wakes up, and then you can turn on the main lights.
“Drink” and exercise in bed
Do not make children jump immediately after waking up, let them lie down for 10-15 minutes to…charge. After all, sweet “sips” – this is loading. Textbook morning exercises with water procedures are not suitable for all children and even adults, especially in winter, when it is sometimes difficult to get out even from under the covers.
Invite children to do self-massage exercises directly in bed:
stretch with the whole body, arbitrarily, with pleasure;
stretch your arms forward and rub your palms together;
“wash” your face with your hands;
“wash” – massage the ears;
“comb” your hair with your fingers;
alternately stroke your hands from wrist to shoulder.
And in order to find time for such a charge, start waking up 10 minutes earlier than you are used to. 4-5 exercises are enough to wake up and tone up. Very young children can do the massage themselves.
Talk about plans for the day.
Instead of persuasion and tedious insistence, it is better to calmly tell him what good he expects from the next day, discuss with his child the plans for the evening: what to cook, what to play, what cartoons to watch.
If all else fails, so be it, come up with a reward: promise something pleasant for good morning behavior: a sweet treat, an additional cartoon or a joint activity, or immediately a great prize for the whole week (pizza, going to the cinema, or whatever you are with love children). Do not be afraid to spoil – it is still better than swearing and shouting, the main thing – do not forget about your promises.
The morning is wiser than the evening.
The morning will not be joyful if you do not get ready in the evening: collect things (what you need, iron or sew, think about breakfast and go to bed on time).
Spend 5-15 minutes on the daily routine for morning force majeure: you forgot your turn, you urgently need to go to the toilet after putting on winter clothes, a button came off – at this time you will have to reschedule both the rise and the finish.
If you have something that gives you joy and vigor in the morning – jogging, warming up with music – share it with your children, and if they like it too? Also, things like this are cool.
Breakfast is not a burden, but a joy.
Don’t skip breakfast, but don’t force-feed either. For breakfast, choose foods that give energy and tone (many of them are liked by children):
whole grains (if the child does not like porridge, make granola with oatmeal and honey or add cereals to cakes);
eggs (preferably quail eggs);
seasonal vegetables and fruits;
Shortbread cakes, sweet cheeses, condensed milk, ready-made breakfasts are not the best option: refined foods do not give vigor, are digested too quickly and contain a minimum of nutrients.