How to wake up your kids early?
Early to Bed, Early to Wake
Ever wonder how to get your kids to wake up early? As my mom used to say, go to bed early then you'll wake up early the next day. Well, what if you have some kids who just don't want to go to bed early and wakes up kinda at a decent hour (but still late) or kids who sleeps earlier but yet still likes to lie on the bed and procrastinate?
Now that I am a mom, my son has the latter situation. Loves his bed in the morning. He sleeps earlier in the evening, I must say, we have done a pretty good job in training him to sleep early. He has no problem of going to bed. Unlike when he was 3 years old! Sleeping was not in his vocabulary! We had to struggle every night just to put him to sleep. Well, now it's the other way round. Now we have to try to get him up early for school.
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Tips for Kids to Sleep Early
Have a Routine
It very important for kids to have a routine. If you leave it to them, they will just continue to do what they love to do...play and play and play! Time is no boundary to them. So, parents we are here to give them guidance. These tips are for preschoolers ages from 4 years old to 6 years old but you can start training them when they are as young as 2 years old.
1. Plan and have a set time for dinner preferably early in the evening.
Say if dinner is at 6.30pm, then do your very best to have it regularly around that time. The schedule will be in haywire if dinner is late and everything will be done later.
2. No TV and electronic games near bed time.
Instead of getting their little minds too active, try slowing down in a relaxing mood. Do some light reading. My son now has a habit to read before sleeping. It's a good way to cultivate reading habit as well.
3. Sleep at the set time.
Do your very best to get your child to have a routine in this area. Children needs their sleep in order to grow both physically and emotionally. You do not want a child who is cranky all the time!
4. Reward for following instructions.
My son's school have a reward system whereby if a student follows simple instructions they will be rewarded in points. So by the end of the month, if they have collected a fair amount of points then they will be rewarded with a "treat". We have implemented that system at home. My son knows he will be rewarded and one of his criteria is to go to bed early. In a way, it motivates him that he can achieve it and by the end of the month he will be rewarded with the "treat". Of course, parents you will need to set a bench mark of the targeted points. Then let your child know how many points he/ she needs to achieve.
5. Avoid sugary drinks.
It's definitely a no, no to give them sugary drinks especially before bedtime. No caffeine drinks! Anyway, beverage like tea, coffee and carbonated drinks are not advisable for young children. If they ask for juices, then best to be natural fruit juice without sugar. You would like to avoid having hyper active kids especially during sleeping time!
Banana in Pyjamas! - Sleepy and comfy
I know when my son is not comfortable, he is just not comfortable to sleep. It's either too hot in the room (or too cold), too much noise nearby or new pyjamas? Best to get them comfy sleeping clothes made from 100% cotton (t-shirt materials would be good). A good comfy bed to slumber helps a lot too. Children needs their rest for their growth.
Slumber land and dream about being a hero.
Slumber land for the girls to have sweet dreams.
Early Morning Catches the Worm!
Good Morning Routine
How do you wake up a sleepy child? These are some of the tips that I have done.
1. Early night, early morning.
Well, it is true when my son goes to bed early. He actually wakes up early! Sometimes, even before my alarm clock goes off!
2. Lazing around, get up!
A little slumber, A little of folding of hands and poverty will come on you like a thief...quoted from the New International Version Bible. It is so true, as a mom I just can't afford to do this. How many times I wish I can stay in bed (just for 5 more minutes) for my comfortable sleep? I wish...but my son needs to be in school on time. So, I need to be an example to wake up and get myself ready, breakfast ready and get my son ready.
3. Alarm clock away from your bed.
One of the trick to get up is put your alarm clock away from your bed but good enough to wake you up. It's very tempting when your alarm clock is nearby, you will tend to "off" it and laze around on the bed or worst fall asleep! Put the alarm clock somewhere a little bid further which requires you to get off from you bed. In this situation, because of the noise you will tend to wake up and walk to the alarm clock to switch it off. So, get yourself orientated and be an example to wake up.
4. Spouse to help out as well.
A lot of time, it is (almost) most of the time mothers are that ones that gets the practical things done. Well somehow, mothers have the talent of looking into details. Example, when about to go out of the house, it is the mothers that gets the kids ready, carrying the kids' stuff (especially for younger kids), pack the kids' water bottle and snack boxes ready. Making sure that the kids have change of clothes if they have physical exercise session. However, sometimes it is also good to have extra helping hands. Try getting your spouse to be involve. Before that, best to have a discussion with your spouse on what your spouse can help. Such as, waking up the kids, getting them ready while mom gets the breakfast ready.
5. Ready before the night.
It will save a lot of time when some of the things are done the night before. Usually, I get my son to pack his school bag after he has finished his homework. In the evening, I would also fill up his water bottle and pack his snacks into his school bag. Uniform next to his bed. The next morning, no hassle or rush to do all these and at least have a nice breakfast together.
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