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CSP Spotlight: Morning Routines (Get Off to a Great Start)

Morning hassles...nagging, prodding, lost socks, and spilled milk...all as we rush out the door to start our day.  You don’t have to feel rushed and irritated; get in control!  With a little problem solving and advanced planning, morning routines can become just the right start for a great day!

  • Establish simple (age-appropriate) routines for each family member. Be consistent in your expectations that everyone has a responsibility.
  • Identify the pressure points...the issues that create the MOST problems.
  • Have a family meeting to discuss ideas on how to solve the morning hassles and get them under control. Let everyone have a voice and share their ideas on how they can help find a solution.
  • Plan, organize and create a regular routine. Organize the next morning by preparing the night before.  Set out clothes, put your school supplies and papers by the exit door, check the weather and have proper dress, GO TO BED ON TIME!  Be consistent.
  • Encourage and allow children to do those things they are capable of doing.
  • Post a reminder chart of morning responsibilities so that the expectations are clear and understood. For preschool children, you may use pictures to represent the activity.
  • Respect each child’s waking pattern (music, back rub, 5 minute warning, etc.)
  • Keep the TV off until totally ready. Don’t let the TV be a distraction.
  • Use realistic and age-appropriate consequences if necessary.
  • Stick with your new plan long enough to establish a regular pattern. Soon it will become your morning routine.  Be consistent.  It’s well worth the extra effort! This will give you a “Head Start” to your new day.

Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc.’s Head Start/Early Head Start, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership and Early Intervention programs engage families and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. Safe and healthy children are ready to learn and explore their world.


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