7 ways to a more harmonious everyday morning for the whole family

Malin Lankinen
Jan 26, 2018 · 3 min read

Mornings is for many families a stressful moment of the day but the quality of the morning often set the conditions for the rest of the day.

In order for a harmonious morning and an enjoyable day, harmonic relationships between parents and children are a necessity. In other words, the time spent together in the morning and the quality of that time is essential.

So here is 7 advice to reach those harmonious everyday mornings:

1. Set aside enough time for the morning tasks
Stressed out parents affect children negatively and there is a Swedish saying “you are as the people you hang out with” which also applies to children. Stress in parents spills over to the relationships with the children. When stressed, you are not as responsive to the children and their needs nor have the time to socialize and get a good start of the day. Stressed parents are a breeding ground for conflicts and bad moods.

2. Plan ahead
Talk to the child about what will happen today, both in the morning and during the rest of the day. When you are aware of what is going to happen, you avoid unnecessary worries and misunderstandings.

3. Eat breakfast together
Both adults and children feel both physically and mentally better when eating with others. First of all, we eat slower, which makes the body absorb the food better. Secondly, people are social creatures, and it is important for both adults and children to be both seen and heard. Shared meals are a natural occasion when you can sit down together and talk to each other. Furthermore, during shared meals, children develop social interaction and language skills.

4. Skip the screens
You show your priorities through your actions, prioritize the children in the morning, and put away all, even the children’s, mobiles and tablets to get a good start together. This way you show the children that they are important, you’re paying attention to them and you want to socialize with them.

5. Prepare the evening before
Pick out clothes, put things ready for breakfast, pack any gym bags, school books and homework for the children, as well as lunch boxes and other things you need at work. Prepare as much together with the children as possible.

6. Leave yesterday’s worries behind you
Do not include yesterday’s frustrations until tomorrow. See the morning as a new start with new opportunities.

7. Review your routines
Do your mornings feel stressful with little time to cuddle? Try to go up half an hour earlier. Do you not feel rested in the morning? Try to go to bed half an hour earlier. Is it always a bad atmosphere in the morning? Bring it to the table with the whole family, children sometimes see problems we adults don’t notice and often have suggestions on what to improve. Every person as well as family is different and faces different problems, try your way forward and change your routines until you find what works for you.

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