Ways to Help Make Morning Routines Easier – Tips for Parents with Special Needs Children

Has it regularly become “morning madness” at your house? Most families—especially those with children who have learning and attention issues—have trouble moving from home to school and other activities first thing in the morning. These tips can help you streamline your morning routines.

 Mother helping her daughter pick out clothes for school the night before

Start the night before.

Get a jump start on your morning. Before bedtime, encourage your child to choose clothes for the next day, take a bath or shower, review her schedule for the next day and check that all books, homework, activity materials and changes of clothing are in her book bag and by the door.

After your child is in bed, take a few minutes to pack lunches and snacks, set the breakfast table, set out your own clothes, review your next day’s schedule and gather any items you’ll need to bring with you in the morning.

Has it regularly become “morning madness” at your house? Most families—especially those with children who have learning and attention issues—have trouble moving from home to school and other activities first thing in the morning. These tips can help you streamline your morning routines.

Mother taking a coffee break

Carve out some “me” time.

Consider waking up before your child so you have a few moments to relax, eat breakfast, drink coffee, read, exercise, meditate, check email, review schedules or do whatever else helps you get in the zone for the day’s activities. Having even a little bit of “me” time can make a morning feel calmer in the midst of hectic transitions to work and school.

 Mother waking up her daughter with a tickle and hug

Make wake-ups more pleasant.

How can you make early mornings less of a rude awakening? Blaring alarms can be jarring and start the morning off poorly (especially for kids with sensory processing issues). Can you set your child’s alarm to play her favorite song instead? Rouse her with a snuggle and his favorite juice? A more pleasant wake-up doesn’t mean it has to be longer—just gentler.

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