Wednesday, May 15, 2013

3 Ways To Make Your Morning Happier For Your Kids

Morning are my favorite part of the day. Not the time that my alarm is set to, but the part when everyone wakes up happy, or not. And the "not" part is how we are going to add some happiness to our little or big one's day!

#1. Wake up with a  smile and maybe a song or two!
My little Ellie wakes up most day smiling before her lil' eyes even open, and yes, she might just be my happiest, most smiley and cheerful baby, but I know how to wrangle smiles out of my other not-as-smiley-in-the-morning-ones!

* The act of smiling, naturally makes you feel better. Watch, smile right this second...go on. You felt a little happier huh? We smile, laugh, giggle and grin from the moment we wake up. And if someone is grumbly or not so happy, we cheer them up, tell them a silly joke, talk in a funny voice until a smile shows up!

*Smile at your little ones and greet them with the happiest, "good morning!"

 A Little Music Goes A Long Way
Turn your morning into a dance party. Dancing, music and even singing make everything better! I like to sing the "Good Morning" song from Singing in The Rain, to all my kids in the mornings.

Music also makes you do things faster, whether it's cleaning or getting ready in the morning!
So crank up some happy tunes and and start the day off with some "pep in your step"!

#2. LOVE, CHEER, and ENCOURAGE
This is the most important step! Start off the day by filling up the hearts of those that matter most, with love. Tell them how much you love them, how awesome they are, how you love their style (especially when it's time to get dressed), and always tell them how thankful you are for having them in your life!

I always try to encourage my kids to smile at other kids that may need a smile, to go play and talk to anyone kids looks like they are all alone, and to just add some sparkle and cheer everywhere they go!

I remember when Jordan was little, some kids were picking on one of his classmates who was crying and Jordan told the other kids to leave him alone, and he told him how it was ok, and that he'd play with him. And later the little boy even wrote him a letter saying how much that meant to him, that he was his friend.

And even if you're in a hurry, remember love is the best and most powerful way to communicate...a kind "let's hurry guys
" beats out a harsh "HURRY UP!!!"  or "let's go NOWWWWWWW!" anyday.

We need to raise our children to go out and spread kindness in the world. The world is a cruel place, we need more people that fill it with kindess!

#3. YUMMY FUEL FOR THE DAY
Breakfast can be a yummy meal on the go, or at the table, but wherever it is...if it comes from the love of the heart, knowing you are filling them up with healthy food for the day, and it was made with love and good ingredients...than they will have an even better day!


Our favorite is our Morning Smoothie (it's Blakey and Ellie favorite, and you'd never taste the kale or spinach in it) Here's our recipe:


Here's to cheery morning, filled with smiles and love, your friend, Kandee

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