Yesterday morning, as I hurriedly walked the kids to school, AJ said to me, “Mom, you’re mean.” It was a bad morning. One of those rush-around-the-house trying to find socks, homework, and hair brushes kinds of mornings. I was sternly telling AJ that he needed to speed up the pace, and he (of course) interpreted that as mommy being mean.
Yesterday was not the kind of morning I enjoy.
It’s amazing how the morning sets the tone for the rest of the day. If I can get up early, take a shower before the kids leave for school, and get the kitchen cleaned up before starting my work-at-home day, I feel so much more positive and I am twice as productive as those lazy, grumpy, wish-I-could-go-back-to-bed kinds of mornings.
Mornings are one of the busiest times for us, with kids leaving at 4 different times for three different schools. Parenting expert and author of The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, Dr. Michele Borba and nutritionist and author of Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During & After Pregnancy, Elizabeth Ward, M.S., R.D. have partnered with the Florida Department of Citrus to offer simple solutions to help families start the day on the right foot. A happy, healthy start can set the tone for the day ahead.
Meaningful Morning Checklist:
- Share a joke and have a laugh with your kids
- Give each member of your family a hug on their way out the door
- Squeeze in a nutritious breakfast with your family (including Florida Orange Juice!)
- Create a goodbye ritual with your kids, like a fun handshake or silly saying
- Designate the morning as “unplugged time” and turn off TV, computer, phones, etc. as a way to connect more with each other
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I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of the Florida Department of Citrus and received an OJ Gift Pack and a promotional item as a thank you for my participation.
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Goofyness and sillyness always works for me in the morning. I seek to keep a smile on my face though it’s early morning which can be quite stressfull. If my children sees how I deal with stress, they’ll hopefully adapt a positive approach.
I love hugs on the way out of the door. I think it reminds kids of love in their home that you are of course a part of. :)
I find it better to rise early and have plenty of time and talk with kids in the morning than to have it all in a hurry and let their spirits down for the whole day. Sleep can be substituted any time once they are off to school.
Super Single Mom and Her Side Kids says
I love tip about making a joke.. for me I always use sillyness and goofness as a way to get my kids moving in the morning. Well, I use it whenever things start to get stressful and it always works. It helps me distract them and it helps me keep my connection with them.