5 Ways to Create Happy Risers
by Tracey Brewer
Mornings can be a struggle when it comes to getting everyone up and moving. Having my children actually display a cheerful attitude while getting ready for the day sometimes seems like an unattainable bonus! Here are five ways I’ve found to create a happy riser.
- Turn on some music. Hearing a song that he enjoys may help ease your child’s transition from sleeping to waking. You could try a recording of children’s songs, soft instrumental music or even something classical.
- Be silly. Now, I have one daughter who really enjoys this; the other one, not so much. I might sing her a silly song, tickle her, toss her blanket over her and pretend I can’t see her – anything out of the ordinary that will make her laugh.
- Leave a note or a small treat under their pillow. This could be a once a week or so surprise – no need to do it only at tooth fairy times! A little “I love you” or “You’re special” note along with a pencil, sheet of stickers or even a small piece of candy to be eaten after breakfast can make a routine morning special.
- Allow enough time for awakening gently. I know when I’m running late and come dashing into their bedroom, hurrying everyone along, it doesn’t make for a peaceful start to the day. It’s much better if I have a minute to sit with them and let them begin their day at a more leisurely pace.
- Have your children in bed on time the night before. Okay, did you see this one coming? It’s much easier to get out of bed happy if you’ve had a full night of sleep. I feel like I’m such a stickler when it comes to getting my kids in bed on time, but I know how things will go the next day if they don’t get enough sleep.
I hope that you will find some of these ideas to be useful in changing those grumpy faces into smiling ones!