We all know how difficult it can be to get kids up early in the morning for sport, school or any other family activity you may have on. We thought we would look at 5 easy ways to help our kids get up, get active and get a head start on the day ahead.
- 1. Minimise screen time before bed
The most obvious thing we can do to help children rise earlier and fresher is to limit the brain stimulation of screens before bed. This is easier said than done and is even a challenge for the adults these days! But my making a rule that screens are off by a certain time, you will be ensuring your child is getting a quality nights sleep and hopefully an early morning bounce out of bed.
2. Drink Water
Drinking water before bed helps to keep children hydrated and therefore fresh and ready to tackle the day in the morning. Obviously you dont want to have too much water before bed for obvious reasons so try and get them to drink water consistently throughout the day.
3. Downtime activity to help relax before bed
A book, puzzle or anything to help a child relax before bed is a great way to ensure when the head hits the pillow it’s game over. Try and find something your child will look forward to before bed as this will also make the entire process that little bit easier!
4. A good breakfast to look forward to
If theres a good breakfast waiting theres a good chance your child is going to be getting up quick smart. Before bed remind them of what awaits in the morning and perhaps be surprised by how nimble and awake they can be when there are fresh pancakes in on their plate.
5. Give them an incentive
Whether its some time on the iPad or something else they really enjoy, making this something they can do ‘if’ they get up earlier enough will certainly enhance their motivation to not hit the snooze.
What is your best tactic?
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