Monday, March 25, 2013
Like most mothers of school age children, I feel like our mornings are rushed getting the kids fed and ready for school on time. It is easy to get caught up on keeping to a schedule that you find yourself lacking time to connect with your children.
One idea transformed our mornings to shift the focus away from the hustle bustle.
First thing in the morning, take five minutes to snuggle with your child.
This simple suggestion found in Peaceful Parents, Happy Kids by Dr. Laura Markham of Aha Parenting revolutionized our mornings.
True, it is not just five minutes but 20 minutes for our family with four children, but each of those five minutes are the best part of the day.
It doesn't always look the same for each child.
Some want to cuddle on one of our recliners. Others want to snuggle while still waking up from sleep in their beds.
Sometimes the time is filled with chitter chatter. Other times we hug in a peaceful silence.
Sometimes they are nestled snuggly in my arms, and there are silly times with tickles.
I feel this is especially important for my children who attend school. This is our chance to connect in a loving way before they spend 7 hours away from home.
I know this is helping my children when away from me because of a report from my son's teacher. She told me she was asking my son to try to think about a happy memory when he gets angry to help him calm down. He told her his happy place is hugging me every morning. Our morning hugs help carry him through his day.
Sure there is a lot of rushing about once we have finished our cuddles, but finding time to bond with my children each morning starts the day off right in a loving way.
How do you connect with your children in the morning to start your day in a loving way?
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Posted by Mama P at 7:24 PM