6 Hints for your child's morning wake up


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Waking up in the morning to get the kids ready for school is a often complicated process for parents. How can you handle it?
Waking up in the morning is not an enjoyable process for everyone, let alone children, many of whom just think they have to go to school refuse to quit! There are, of course, babies who get up earlier than mom, out of anonymity to run to school and see their friends and teachers again. But school hours, with the bell ringing at a specific time, impose on parents and children a specific time for breakfast and thus a specific time for bedtime. So how do you help your child wake up in the morning and sleep at night?


The 6 hints!

1. Make sure your child sleeps well enough at night. Children need at least 8 to 10 hours of sleep to rest. This means that in order to wake up at 7 they must have slept no later than 9 in the evening so that they do not moan in the morning. Many parents do not properly plan the child's schedule, resulting in the reading being left behind and… time consuming, as the child is tired. Also, there are often too many activities throughout the day, so children up to 9 may not have read, eat, bathed and gone to sleep without being ... alert! Therefore, organize your daily schedule properly and do not allow children to go to bed unless there is good reason.
2. Keep in mind the character of your child! Some children have their morning awakening in their pocket, while others do not. So think about it: is your child struggling with change? How long does it take to finish something like dressing up? Does she want a special way to wake her up so she doesn't moan? So adjust the situation to his data. For example, a happy and funny alarm clock makes it much easier to wake up the morning to the little grumpy ones!

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3. Get the stress out of school! Often the reason that children do not want to get up in the morning is because they are afraid of going back to school. A test, a forgotten job, a problem with other children or the teacher makes the children reluctant to go back to where the problem is. That is why it is important to talk to your children daily and tell them about their day so that you can identify similar problems. A child who e.g. the other kids tease her, maybe at night she doesn't want to go to sleep, for fear that she must go to school in the morning, and not get up easily in the morning. Such signs should concern you and discuss them with your child.
4. Don't force the child to rush! The most common mistake parents make in bringing a morning breakfast to their children is of course pushing them in the least amount of time to get ready. The result is usually that children arrive late and sleepy at school. The only way to avoid this is to plan and organize. Knowing the habits and rhythms of your children, you will know about how much time they want to get ready, without stress and grumbling. Wake up half an hour earlier so they have time to get ready. And of course you have the basics ready for the night: their clothes, their bags, their luggage, their work! So even if the alarm goes off suddenly, at least they won't panic!
5. Limit what you get! Television, games and a computer in the morning are sure to be a recipe for the late-night. Some children find it difficult to concentrate and finish their outfit or breakfast when there are extraneous factors that distract them, such as television or a game. So be sure to put terms, e.g. that "the TV won't open unless we have our breakfast".
6. Look flexible with breakfast. This does not mean letting children leave home fast! Just in case you know that your child is generally not in the ... breakfast, be sure to find on the table things she can eat without complaining. E.g. some kids prefer liquids, so you have juices, milk or smoothies ready. Others may accept a toast with honey or cereal. In any case, an imaginative breakfast motivates many children to eat. Finally, don't forget the traditional solution: Thessaloniki bun with cheese! It's the only good breakfast you can allow a kid to eat on the street, instead of ready-made croissants and cheeses.


In case you cannot handle it…

If the morning hours and waking up are still very difficult for the child, despite your own organization and preparation, find the solution together with the child. Sit down one day, when it is calm and relaxed, and ask it to tell you what will help it to wake up easier in the morning. Agree, of course, that some rules, such as breakfast, are inviolable. You might be able to stick a cheerful poster from the night before at his bedroom door, which will remind him of what to do in the morning.


SOS tip

Many children find it difficult to fall asleep early in the night as they are overweight. So try not to do heavy physical activity just before bedtime, such as sport. Instead, establish a relaxing routine that includes food, a bath, a fairytale, and a good night!

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