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5 Rules to beat the morning blues

Nishara Saleem
3 to 7 years

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5 Rules to beat the morning blues

 I tell you, for me it was worse than a nightmare – I would pray to God for the weekend to come sooner or that my daughter should grow up sooner so that she gets ready by herself. I really felt the pressure and there came a time when I was simply desperate for a solution, anything to ease my situation. I started trying out different things and in the end the following rules worked out for me – oh, what a relief it was; such a big relief that I would like every mom in a similar situation to get the same relief. It is quite simple actually – end the day well to start it well… Try these out and let me know how it goes…

Rule 1. Dinner on time – Make sure to feed your child at least an hour before bed time. Just before bedtime, give them a warm cup of milk. This will calm their minds and induce sleep. Do not allow your child to loiter around doing nothing, especially watching television or playing games on any gadget. Big no-no! When it is bedtime, it is sleep time. Reading together could be an exception – it is a good habit; helps the mind to relax and fosters the parent-child bond.

Rule 2. Advance planning – Put in place a non-negotiable routine for your child to get all things ready for school by a certain time, let’s say 7 pm (before dinner). Preparing the school bag, putting the uniform in place, shoe polishing, morning toiletries all in place, so on and so forth. When all this is not done, there is a certain anxiety or stress. The sooner you get all this out of the way, the sooner your child will relax and prep up for bedtime.

Rule 3. Bed time – The usual before-bedtime scene is that you keep telling your child to sleep and s/he keeps resisting. Have you ever wondered why most children dread bedtime? It is obvious – the day and play ends and the bed seems like such a boring place! So what will really help is to do something that makes your child look forward to bed time – finish all your domestic chores and make sure to spend time with your child, think out some special bed time games and stories – make sure these activities are reserved ‘only’ for bed time – the exclusively will make your child look forward to these activities.  

Rule 4. Wake right – Don't be in a hurry when you wake up your child. The first few minutes set the tone for the rest of the morning and the day. If you want to wake your child to be up by 6 am, do not wake up him/her up at 7 am and insist that s/he gets up right away. Even we need those 5-10 minutes to rise and shine, so give it to your child. Wake the kid at 6.45 am and s/he will definitely want some more snooze time. Get into bed with your child and cuddle up, tickle a bit, have some fun. Your child will resist but will eventually respond with energy. These 10-15 minutes every morning have worked out great for me and my daughter!

Rule 5. Morning stars – Let your child maintain a chart; here’s how it works: Get a calendar or make a month’s calendar on a chart. Every day when you go to bed, ask your child to make a star if s/he woke up on time that day. So if it is Tuesday, and your child woke up on time on Tuesday, then s/he will make a nice big star next to Tuesday. Your child will get excited by this – and will want to get more stars and so will make an effort to wake up on time. The mornings that didn’t go so well, ask your child to put a big black dot. You know this is going to work! Do this little exercise every night and see the results in the morning.

So the above five rules really worked well for me – and I endorse them to every mom friend I meet or talk to… Give yourself a start too after you have won the morning battle. I look forward to receiving your comments and also would love to know your morning or night routine with your child. So write in!

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| Aug 30, 2017

very well written . I too have shifted my kids dinner time by 1 hr to prepare her for early bed time with some story reading

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| Aug 29, 2017

nice ideas.. some of them i m already doing but this star calender idea is nice thought... ill try this.. tysm

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| Aug 29, 2017

very nice

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| Aug 29, 2017

very nice thank u so much

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| Aug 29, 2017

i always feel that talking about the most fascinating thing ur kid wants will awaken him better.. may be chirping sound of a bird

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| Aug 29, 2017

wonderful tips... giving 10-15 extra in morning time in bed and marking star is really exciting... would definitely try... thanks so much the post..

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| Aug 29, 2017

I would definetely implement it.... This is one of the big task for all moms... thanks a lot for sharing ur ideas :-) this is AWSOME

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| Aug 29, 2017

Thanks for useful messages

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| Aug 29, 2017

very useful tips

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| May 05, 2017

it's awesome

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| Apr 26, 2017

I used morning stars nd it is very useful

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| Apr 26, 2017

very informative. Thanks

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| Apr 23, 2017

Very useful & important idea a lot of thanks for sharing this

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| Apr 23, 2017

but i live in joint family wt i do

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| Apr 22, 2017

very informative; thanx : but we r already in it.

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| Apr 20, 2017

nice ideas , thanks for sharing... i usually follow all 4 points , but 5th one is very new idea , I will try it on my daughter , who's 5 nd 1/2 yr old and her school time is morning nd her bus comes on 7. 10 , so daily it becomes very difficult for me .will try this new idea nd then let u know what outcome will come :) thanks

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| Apr 20, 2017

Thanx it wud help me a lot

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| Apr 19, 2017

It's really working ....I m almost going through that...

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| Apr 18, 2017

wow, great ideas, will try

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| Apr 02, 2017

Thanks ,it's great suggestion.. I will try...

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| Apr 02, 2017

thanks

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| Apr 01, 2017

yes ofcourse its true thanx for sharing

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| Apr 01, 2017

thank you very much for the wonderful ideas

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| Apr 01, 2017

thanks n really it's gud idea. I will try it for my kid also

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| Apr 01, 2017

Thanku. ...For the nice suggestions. ....This will really help me....

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| Apr 01, 2017

Thank u for such a useful rules. I really need it.

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| Apr 01, 2017

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| Apr 01, 2017

hi... very usefule rules... il try it for my kids..

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| Apr 01, 2017

very useful informationl

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| Mar 22, 2017

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| Mar 20, 2017

Nice tips

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| Mar 15, 2017

very useful tips.

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| Feb 28, 2017

Wow . Loved your blog. My 4 yr old son was an early riser until couple of months. I've noticed that as he grows he has become more cranky and sleepy. I too have terrible times in the morning waking him up. I start half an hour early and his snooze time never ends. His final verdict is he doesn't want to go to school and needs more sleep. I've even tried forcefully making him nap after lunch but that too doesn't seem to work. It's like sleeping is a waste of time for him. Let's hope things get in place eventually.

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| Feb 27, 2017

I swear by these ideas. I myself follow the first four tips, will try the fifth idea to award morning stars...

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| Feb 27, 2017

really those rules make magic... if well planned and wind up our works early.. reduce stress and unnecessary anger... Gonna try this..

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| Feb 27, 2017

really a big problm WD simple solutions

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| Feb 27, 2017

wonderful ideas..... definitely going to try them

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| Feb 27, 2017

it's a wonderful idea. thanks a lot. I definitely follow.

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| Feb 27, 2017

really wonderful idea.. definitely gonna try them.. could you please suggest some bedtime games which can fascinate kids to get into bed

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| Feb 27, 2017

ur rit nishara Salem. i 've been following four ideas after so much of experimenting other things... n these ideas 've really worked well... so I think every mom shud try this.

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| Feb 27, 2017

thank you so much for this wonderful article. i'll definitely follow these tips.

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| Feb 27, 2017

Thank you so much for this much needed article. I am facing the same problem everyday and also many moms like me too. I will definitely apply these rules. Hope to see some good results. thank.

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| Feb 27, 2017

this s nice ...thing to start wit and a positive way to start and end the day.... thanx for sharing

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| Feb 27, 2017

this is a nice try. sure i am gng to try this

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| Feb 27, 2017

wonderful article ,will surely try these tips. as me and my kid is facing this problem everyday in morning.

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| Feb 27, 2017

Really interesting tips to be followed... thank you for sharing!!

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| Feb 27, 2017

the 5rule is best I think every mother should follow for her child

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| Feb 27, 2017

really nice rules to be followed...

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| Feb 27, 2017

wow...... intresting tips, will definitely try

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| Feb 27, 2017

trying smthing like this.. nd its working.. 5 rule is new.. nd i vl try this ..☺

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| Feb 27, 2017

this blog is nt wonderful. .............

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| Feb 27, 2017

the fifth rule seems to be new and I hope it works out..

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| Feb 27, 2017

very nice.. my daughter is 5. she too cries a lot in morning.. I get so irritated sometimes.. cudnt find a solution.. I will surely try these tips.

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| Feb 27, 2017

i will surely try this... i think ur idea will work like wonders...

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| Feb 27, 2017

wow.. so nice. need to try at the earliest

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| Feb 26, 2017

super... will try it ...thanks for sharing

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| Feb 26, 2017

useful information

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| Feb 26, 2017

superb I am gonna try this. thanks

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| Feb 26, 2017

very nice

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| Feb 25, 2017

very nice

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| Feb 25, 2017

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| Feb 25, 2017

thanks for your info

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| Feb 25, 2017

Well written

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| Feb 25, 2017

thanks a lot

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| Feb 25, 2017

wonderful article. thanks alot for your information

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| Feb 25, 2017

Thanks a lot for all these tips. i need them most

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| Feb 24, 2017

very nice thank u

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| Feb 24, 2017

fantastic I like ur ideas n looking forward to do same..... like the blog

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| Feb 24, 2017

nishara , that's awesome .. star and dot , an enthusiastic method to cultivate this early morning wakening .. nice blog . .

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