Who doesn’t love the early wake-up call Monday through Friday? You’re a parent. Waking your kids up in the morning can be a battle.
We’ve been there. Are you looking to make those mornings more pleasant? Here are six tips to help you accomplish the impossible:
1. Create a Cut-off Time for Tech
It’s time to give Minecraft a bedtime too! Your kids love their technology, but everything with a screen should be put away at night, especially in the bedrooms (kids are so sneaky). Same goes for you mom and dad! You will also greatly benefit from a better night’s rest. Staring at a technology screen late at night makes it difficult for anyone to go to sleep. This is because it emits a blue light that stimulates the brain, which is the last thing you want when it’s time to unwind.
2. Prep as Much as You Can the Night Before
Mornings are hectic enough as it is! Have your children help you pick out their clothes, prepare lunch, and pack their school bag before you all go to bed. This will help them put their minds to ease.
3. Give Them a Bedtime
This may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s important to stick to a strict sleeping schedule. Sleep deprivation can potentially lead to physical and mental problems. With a specific bedtime set, create a relaxing bedtime routine 30 to 60 minutes before they hit the sack. This is also known as good sleep hygiene. Help them bathe, brush their teeth, and read their new favorite book. Your kids look up to you more than you know, even as sleep models! That’s right, that means that you need to have a bedtime as well (or at least make them believe you’re going to bed too)!
4. Try a New Alarm Clock
What’s worse than hearing the same repeating beeping noise every morning? This is especially good for teens who have become best friends with the snooze button. Go with an alarm clock that plays music that is upbeat, or even a wristband that vibrates to wake them up! If that doesn’t do the trick, place the alarm at the opposite side of the room so they have to actively get up to turn it off.
5. Don’t Let Weekends Derail You
Ok so you’ve made it to Friday, hallelujah! Now it’s time for a break from the early morning battles right? However, your next week will be that much harder if your children sleep in until 10:00 A.M. on the weekends. It will throw their internal clock, their circadian rhythm, out of whack by Sunday. Try your best to encourage your children to stay as close to their sleeping routine as possible. You can encourage them to wake up and make breakfast with you or go on an early family outing. You could even wake them up to watch a morning movie! As your children stick to a routine, even on the weekends, everyone will be happier and more alert.
6. Help Your Kids Learn How to Juggle Responsibilities
You may envy your children’s life because it seems “so simple,” but they also live busy lives! They are in the beginning stages of learning how to balance responsibilities. Between hours and hours of homework, after-school sports, and friends, it can take a toll on your kids’ stress levels. Nothing robs sleep like stress does. As your children continue to get older, the more the homework piles up. What’s the first thing to be sacrificed? Sleep! You remember what those late night cramming sessions were like, right? However, an adequate amount of sleep is essential for memory retention and focus. Teach your children how to plan! After dinner, take the time to talk about your kids’ responsibilities for the next day and come up with a way to accomplish them all. Speak openly with your children, do they feel overloaded? Do they struggle in math? Is soccer practice five times a week too much? Teaching your children how to juggle responsibilities is a skill that will benefit them for the rest of their lives.
Within a family of multiple people, not everyone is going to like the same sleeping temperature. This can also be problematic. One of the best ways to help your children improve the quantity and quality of their sleep is by choosing KulKote certified sleeping products. Bedding with KulKote in it will regulate their temperature as they sleep. If one child is too hot during the night, our KulKote technology will cool them down. If another one of your children gets too cold during the night, our KulKote technology will slowly warm their body temperature. This will help them wake up feeling more restful! It’s time to make mornings a more enjoyable experience.
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