Plan the night before
What do you have planned for tomorrow? If you’re planning to leave the house, pack a bag with everything your toddler will need the night before. Plan what you’re going to have for breakfast and, if you have time, try to lay the breakfast table too. All this can help to prevent a chaotic morning.
Explain your plans
Explaining the activities you have planned to your toddler can help motivate them to get ready. Whether you’re going to the park, nursery school, visiting grandparents or friends, or even staying at home, tell your toddler so they know what to expect. Talk in an excited voice about all the fun you’re going to have together.
Make time for bonding
Build time into your morning routine for a family breakfast whenever you can and involve them in the routine. Let them choose which cereal they’d like and help hold the box when you’re pouring it into their bowl. Try to make time for a cuddle or quick play. This special time can help give them a sense of security which can help the morning run more smoothly.
Give them a checklist
Encouraging your toddler to use their skills can help nurture their development. Try giving them their own checklist of things to do before leaving the house, such as finding their shoes or putting on their raincoat and umbrella if it’s raining. This will make them feel more independent.
Create a star chart with photos of your toddler doing all their morning tasks and give them a gold star every time they complete one. Explain that a full set of gold stars will lead to a reward. This can encourage better behaviour throughout the day.