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12/09/2016

How to Stop the Morning Madness, Now!

Mornings with children can be a struggle, whatever their age. When they’re toddlers, they won’t sleep in past 7 am, meaning that your Sundays start significantly earlier than they did before you were parents! By the time they are hitting their teens, the tables have turned completely, and you can find that mornings in your household becomes complete madness!

How to Stop the Morning Madness, Now!

This is part of a natural process that begins to occur during early adolescence that makes it increasingly difficult for your child to wake up in the morning. During the cold fall and winter months, this issue is compounded by a lack of natural sunlight and cold weather. You may find that mornings in your house have become a real point of conflict. If this is the case for you, don’t panic! With this post, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA have put together a great guide on how to stop this morning madness and avoid unnecessary conflicts.

Communicate with Your Children

The first and most important tip of all is to communicate with your children constantly. If you understand how they are feeling and what is going on in their lives then it is much more likely that you will be able to identify any underlying reasons why they might not want to get out of bed in the morning. Perhaps your teenager has broken up with their high-school boyfriend or girlfriend. This may not seem important from an adult’s perspective, but for an adolescent it can feel like the end of the world. In this instance, they may just need a little extra love and support to help get them going in the morning.

Set Clear Rules and Consequences

Once your children are old enough to understand the concept of consequences, it’s a good idea to write out a set of ‘house rules’ together along with a set of consequences for each rule that they break. This means that when your child refuses to get out of bed in the morning, they already know what consequence they will face. Often, if you gently remind them of what that consequence will be, this will be enough to motivate them to get out of bed and carry on with their day without entering into a conflict. For example, being late for the bus and having to run after it is often enough of a consequence for students to get out of bed and out the door! If your child is struggling in class then it can affect their mood and they will be reluctant to go to school. If this is the case, let them know that it is fine to feel overwhelmed by school and the key is to talk about it and seek assistance. For extra support with their school work and to help them get back on track, speak with The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA at (408) 816-7825 and learn about how one-on-one tutoring in Santa Clara, CA can help.

Use Short-Term Goals and Rewards

Just like there should be a clear system of rules and consequences in your home, there should also be a system of short-term goals and rewards. If your child has been finding it a real struggle to get out of bed in the morning, try motivating them with something like ‘if you are downstairs at the breakfast table by 7 am every morning this week, we’ll let you have a sleepover on Friday.’ Rewards should not be large, expensive items such as game consoles, as your child needs to learn to behave properly without the motivation of rewards one day. It should be a compromise between both the parents and the children.

Practical Steps

There are also some practical steps that you can take to make it easier for your children to get out of bed in the morning:
  • Make sure that your home is a comfortable temperature.
  • Prepare something tasty for breakfast to entice them down to the table.
  • Check that the boiler is on and the water is hot for a shower.
  • Make sure that your children have warm coats and adequate shoes for a day in the cold.
Simple, practical steps such as these can really help keep mornings in your house calm and madness-free.

Get Back on Track with Tutoring in Santa Clara, CA

If you have noticed that your child has been less motivated recently or if they have been struggling in a particular class, they could benefit from tutoring in Santa Clara, CA. With innovative programs, The Tutoring Center, Santa Clara CA can provide the extra boost your child needs to get back into the swing of their school work. Call them today at (408) 816-7825 to book your free consultation.

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