Blessed are the parents who have an organized morning routine for their kids. But for the most of us, getting an entire family up, dressed, fed, and out the door before the sun comes up is a recipe for disaster. Give your children the comfort, order, and habit of a morning routine, and watch your mornings become less hectic and more timely.

Get up before your kids
If you start setting your alarm to go off at least 15-30 minutes before your children wake up, you’ll begin to see things running much smoother in the morning. Ideally you can shower, dress, and most importantly – be caffeinated!

Prepare the night before
Short of sleeping in tomorrow’s clothing, kids should pack their backpacks, prepare their lunch, and pick out their outfits all before they get snuggled into bed. Any detail you can take care of ahead of time will save you precious minutes in the a.m.

Make a morning routine chart
Get dressed, make your bed, eat breakfast, brush your teeth, put on your shoes, grab your backpack – and out you go! A morning routine chart, with images for pre-readers, can help keep easily distracted kids focused on their tasks.

Remain cool, calm, and collected
Your little ones can sense when you’re rushed and frantic, and in turn, they will slow down and resist. Try to stay calm. Besides, it’s hard to encourage your kids to lead an organized life if you’re spending all morning running around like a chicken without a head looking for your phone or car keys.

Use these tips to turn your mornings from the most stressful time of the day to the calmest – and don’t forget your little one’s brushing and flossing routine while you’re at it! At Pediatric Dentistry of Suffolk County, we offer a caring and compassionate approach, ensuring our patients are comfortable at all times. Ensure your child is receiving the best oral care, and schedule regular check-ups with us. To learn more or schedule an appointment, visit our website or give us a call.