• 5 Ways to Make Mornings Fun for your Kids
    Don't let your kids go to school feeling sluggish and groggy! Here's what to do.
  • Do you start your day calling to your kids over and over to get up and get ready for the day? Do you often have to wrestle them out of bed and into their uniforms during school days?

    You're not alone! The good news is, you don't have to keep working this hard so early in the morning everyday. Here are a couple of things you can do to keep your little ones alert in the morning:

    Get them to bed early

    Don't give in to their big puppy dog eyes when they ask for that extra hour to watch their favorite cartoon. It's important that you establish a bedtime and that they follow it strictly. Kids need at least eight hours of sleep, so make sure they are in bed eight hours before you need them to wake up the next day.

    You can make bedtime something to look forward to by telling them stories or reading them books. You can also give them a nice glass of warm milk so you're sure they will sleep soundly. 

    Make a morning routine chart 

    It would be easier for you and your little one to keep track of all the things you need to accomplish if you have a checklist. Make it the night before and put it where everyone can see it the next day. It can include very simple things like brushing teeth, taking a bath and packing lunch.

    Praise your kids whenever they are able to accomplish anything that is on the morning routine chart so that they will have a sense of accomplishment and they will feel more motivated to do it again the next day.

    Don't hit snooze

    When you wake your kids up and they asks for five more minutes, don't give in! This is where the importance of a bedtime comes in. If they get enough sleep, they would wake up exactly when you need them to. When you and your kids delay wake up time, they will be less likely to want to get up, and more likely to want to stay in bed. Encourage them to follow the alarm clock.

    Have a mini exercise session

    Once the alarm clock goes off, stand up, go to the living room or any clear space in your home with your child and do a quick exercise routine. It doesn't have to be complicated – it can include simple stretches and jumps, just anything that can get the blood flowing. You can even set the mood by putting your child's favorite music on. Most of the time, a huge chunk of the morning goes to picking out the child's clothes, packing their lunchboxes and cleaning up – you need to do these things with your kids the night before. Free up a good 10-15 minutes in the morning to stretch and be active.

    Make a delicious and nutritious breakfast

    Some kids don't feel like eating much in the morning and it's a common struggle for moms to serve something nutritious and delicious at the same time. That's why it's best to look for breakfast items that have all the nutrients your kid needs plus the yummy goodness they're looking for. Choose something like Nestlé Breakfast Cereals. 

    Nestlé Breakfast Cereals are made from whole grain and is wrapped in delicious flavor. It is rich in vitamins and minerals that will help your kids be on the go and alert throughout their day. Giving kids whole grain cereals will help you make sure they get all the nutrients they need. Give them KOKO KRUNCH. Moms love that it is packed with nutrients and kids love it because of the great chocolatey taste! Learn more about Nestlé Breakfast Cereals here.

    At the end of the day, all it takes to give your child the best morning is to establish fun and healthy habits and to create something they would look forward to.

     

    Sources:

    https://www.empoweringparents.com/article/my-kid-wont-get-out-of-bed-stop-the-morning-madness-now/

    http://afineparent.com/lighten-up/morning-routine-for-kids.html

    http://blog.withings.com/2014/08/07/10-tips-to-kill-morning-grogginess/

This article was created by Summit StoryLabs in partnership with Nestle Koko Krunch.
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