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Managing Morning Mayhem

May 18, 2021

“One of the most commonly discussed issues in my parent coaching practice with my clients is the mornings. How to get through the mornings without meltdowns, without chaos, without everybody ending up yelling at each other, with kids crying and just a whole mess that you feel terrible about the rest of the day.”

 

This week on the 3D Parent podcast, we will be discussing some tips and tricks to help create a smooth transition from sleep, to a morning routine and getting out the door and on your way for the day.

 

Mornings are one of the most common challenges that parents struggle with.  Mostly due to the fact that it is a time of transition that is happening right out of a time of separation (yes, sleep is still a time of separation).  Throughout this episode I am going to share some tips for making this time less stressful and more fun and easy.

 

After you listen to this episode, I encourage you to implement just one thing and see how it improves your morning with your kiddos.

 


 

Things You Will Learn

[0:25]  On this episode we’re going to discuss surviving the morning without meltdowns, yelling, tears and chaos.

[1:45]  Why are mornings so challenging?  It is a time of transition coming off a time of separation (sleep).

[3:28]  One of my biggest tips to help make mornings go more smoothly is to prepare what you can the night before, such as lunches and backpacks.  I have even encouraged my kids to pack their own lunches the evening before the next day so they have what they want in their lunch.

[8:03]  Another way to make mornings easier is to have your kids pick out their clothes the night before.

[10:28]  To make things a little easier for you, you can get up a little earlier before your kids, so you have time to get yourself ready.  You can maybe even factor in some time to do a little self care and get yourself grounded before your kids get up.

[12:57]  When your kids wake up your number one priority is connecting with your kids.  (For more tips for connecting with your children listen to Episode 3: Cultivating a Deep Connection with Our Children.)

[18:07]  An important tip is to stay in the lead with your parenting.  As parents, we can fall into the habit of asking our children a lot of questions, and this can be very confusing for them.  They may also get into the habit of “calling the shots.”  But by just providing for your kids you can get through the morning with less conflict and arguments.

[21:25]  If you have multiple children, I recommend starting the day connecting to the child that needs the least support and work your way down to the child that needs the most support.

[24:19]  If you do have a child that really struggles with separation, work on connecting and bridging them to the next time you’ll be together.  This can also be done using contact points throughout the day, for example, by leaving them a small note in their lunch box.

 

  


 

Episode Resources

Infographic by Dr. Deborah MacNamara: When Saying Goodbye is Hard – 20 Ways to Bridge the Daytime Separation 

Quotes From Episode 6

“One of the most commonly discussed issues in my parent coaching practice with my clients is the mornings. How to get through the mornings without meltdowns, without chaos, without everybody ending up yelling at each other, with kids crying and just a whole mess that you feel terrible about the rest of the day.”

“I encourage you to consider teaching and encouraging your kids to pack their own lunches the day before. This is something I did in my own family and it was really because I was really frustrated with a mad dash in the morning to pack lunches and make breakfast all at the same time. That was resulting in a lot of chaos.”

“When I had a really little one that hated getting out of her pajamas in the morning, you know what? She wore pajamas to preschool a couple of times. And I made that OK, because going through a battle in the morning and having her have a really rough transition into a preschool wasn't worth it for me.”

 


 

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About Your Host

I’m Beaven Walters, your host and guide on this crazy and fulfilling journey as a parent.

As a certified parent coach, parent educator and mom of 4 children, I am passionate about helping parents navigate the tough stuff while maintaining dignity, direction and deep connection in your family relationships.  I have spent over 10 years teaching in a variety of educational settings with multiple age groups, and now I am delighted to bring those experiences to you at home. Throughout this podcast, we will cover topics such as tantrums, sibling conflict, screen time overload and transitioning into the teenage years.

My goal is to provide you with tools that help inform, empower and boost your confidence as a parent so you can make the best decisions possible for you and your family.  Parenting is challenging, but you don’t have to do it alone.

I am here to guide you through the 3D Parent approach to parenting, so you can stop struggling and start celebrating all of the time you have with your children.