Since our recent move, our morning schedule has changed due to our older kids school starting earlier. For us NON-morning people, this is tragic. Add to the fact that our oldest toddler, Izaiah is a bed hopper and still isn’t sleeping well through the night, let’s just say mornings aren’t exactly the peppiest.
Have you ever met a person who just has to have his coffee in the morning before he can function? That person is grouchy, not coherent and seems to be in an overall bad mood until that first drip hits their tongue? Yeah, that would be our Izaiah, but change coffee with his milk and breakfast. He screams and is angry when first waking up. We don’t even wake him up – we tip toe around the upstairs, but yet as soon as the older kids are about to head out the door, there he is heading downstairs in the grouchiest of moods. Then you feed him breakfast and life seems to improve.
While I would love to say mornings are now SUPER and CHEERY, it’s a work in progress. Fortunately we aren’t on a strict school schedule at the moment and I know that helps, but sanity in the mornings are somewhat essential. Here are a few things that I have found that do make the morning run smoother in toddlerville. Hopefully a few of these tips will help you, your toddler and morning.
Here are 5 Ways to Improve Your Toddler’s Morning:
Breakfast on the Quick 1 of 5No piddling around in this house. I usually make a breakfast and freeze for quick reheating for the week. This week was eggs on a whole wheat english muffin. I can throw in the microwave for 2 minutes and breakfast is ready. This helps mitigate crankiness!
Happy Mood 2 of 5I am NOT a morning person. For me to be chipper, is forced. Fortunately, the toddler doesn't care. He just wants happy. So I put on my fake happy morning face, just for him.
Clothes Laid Out 3 of 5Laying clothes out helps get the day going. No fuss and if we need to jet, we can easily do so.
Have a Plan 4 of 5Knowing what we are doing for the day helps dictate what activities to allow the toddlers to do. If I know we are leaving early, I'm not going to turn on the tv and be prepared for a cry fest.
Grace 5 of 5I have come to learn that while I have no idea why this guy is awake since he obviously doesn't want to be, I just have to roll with the punches because Lord knows I would rather be in bed as well. I really try in the mornings (though I should be doing this all day) to give grace.
What Tips Do You Have For Making Toddler Mornings Flow Smoothly?
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