While we may not be able to solve all of our kids’ problems in school, not least when it comes to mathematical and metaphorical ones, we can do what we can at home, in other words, give them a solid start to the day. When it comes to that all-important time, from when they wake up to when they leave for school, you’ve got to set them up properly. Let’s show you some simple approaches to get your kids started on the right foot so they can learn right.
Starting Your Kids’ Day on the Right Foot – Rethinking Breakfast
Breakfast is, of course, one of the most important meals of the day, which is why we’ve got to get rid of the idea of having cereal but think about breakfast being a meal that gives them a wide variety of vitamins and minerals, not to mention nutrients like protein “(and if your baby is not at the age of eating solids – quality nutrition is just as important for optimal development)”. There are foods like Growli that have a variety of all important nutrients like that all-important protein which will keep your children feeling full, but you need to make sure that it is a palatable breakfast for your kids. Obviously, they will want naughties like chocolate, and one of the best ways around this is to blitz up your own blend of cocoa powder, peanut butter, and put it in porridge, sprinkled with nuts and seeds that will give them a variety of healthy fats.
Helping Them Get Into the Right Frame of Mind
It’s so important that your kid’s day starts on the right foot, and if your children are constantly running late, and you are badgering them to get the clothes on, it’s important to get some idea of routine in place. Even waking up 20 minutes earlier can give everybody a good head start. Even if your children want to make time to play with their toys or go on a video game, if you ensure that they are ready before they do any of that, it gives them the opportunity to do the things they want, and also means you are less stressed. A less tense household first thing in the morning will make a big difference to everyone.
Giving Your Children the Right Tools
As we can find ourselves becoming more stressed because of the ever-mounting pressures, we should remember that we will need the right tools to cope with what is being thrown at us. Trying to get your kids to do anything might not be so easy first thing in the morning, but as long as they do a little bit of relaxing, and even doing four box breaths will make a massive difference to their abilities to cope with stress. It’s something that you can all do together. Start simple, but also think about building upon this so they have the right mental tools to cope with their stress. For example, look at this clip of a father and daughter doing positive self-talk in the mirror. It’s such a little thing, but it can make a massive difference to everybody’s frame of mind.
Whether it’s a fun and fresh breakfast or getting their mind in gear, that all-important time between your child waking up and heading to school can have a massive impact on everyone’s abilities to cope with the day ahead.