Coping with change at any age is challenging, let alone for a 5 or 6-year-old child!
One of the first things that comes with starting school, is a change in your child’s daily routine.
They will be meeting new people, their once familiar surroundings will be different, and they will be needing to adhere to new rules and expectations their teachers and fellow pupils will have of them. A great way to streamline your child’s transition and prepare them for the next stage in their educational journey is to establish a healthy morning routine.
So, what makes a morning routine successful? Working together, planning ahead and allowing time.
It’s important you and your child work together to establish what activities need to be included in your routine. These could include:
- Making a healthy breakfast
- Packing your school bag
- Getting dressed
- Brushing my teeth and hair
- Putting on sunscreen
- Knowing how you are getting to school
Playing a game, watching the television or pulling out the iPad may pop up as a suggestion for inclusion in your child’s morning routine, however doing these things tends to overstimulate a child. It would be more beneficial to read a book, discuss what is happening in the day ahead and check in to see how your child is feeling.
Allow your child to be a part of the process, and tailor your routine to best suit how your own family operates. Perhaps preparing little snacks and lunch the night before can help settle in your child’s mind what is happening for the day ahead.
Mother’s truly know best and when they say, it is better to be early than to be late, we take their word for it! Ensure you allow enough time for your morning routine. Leaving for school calmly and without hurry will alleviate some of the anxiety you and your child will no doubt be experiencing and set you both up for a productive day.